Action Learning


Action learning is a learning and problem-solving technique often used in organisations. The concept places an emphasis on the benefits of this strategy, reviews its main weaknesses, and demonstrates how action learning is used in organisations.

Technique Overview

Action Learning

Action Learning Definition

Action learning is a systematic process through which individuals learn by doing. It is based on the premise that learning requires action and action requires learning. It engages individuals in just-in-time learning by "providing opportunities for them to develop knowledge and understanding at the appropriate time based on immediate felt needs" (Lewis and Williams, 1994).

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  • Beaty, L., Bourner, T., and Frost, P. (1993) Action learning: Reflections on becoming a set member. Management Education and Development. Vol.24(4), pp.350-367. (EJ 473 883)
  • Boyett, J.H. and Boyett, J.T. (1996) Beyond workplace 2000. New York: A Plume Book.
  • Canadian Centre for Management Development (1994) Continuous l. Report No.1. Ottawa, Canada.
  • Dilworth, R.L. (1996) Action learning: Bridging academic and workplace domains. The Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol.8(6), pp.48-56.

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