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Action Learning Process

" Many, if not most, management, leadership and organizational development programmes now incorporate some form of action learning. "
— Mike Pedler and Christine Abbott, in " Facilitating Action Learning"

Simply put, Action Learning is a group-based process that is proven to generate innovative and creative solutions to address complex problems and opportunities for individuals, teams and organizations. Many people refer to it as peer coaching groups and as a form of peer learning.

There are different perspectives and “schools” of Action Learning. For example, some people believe that Action Learning should include only questions and that any statements made are only in response to questions. Others believe that there is a role for advice. This diversity adds to the richness and applicability of Action Learning.

In their book Facilitating Action Learning, the authors Mike Pedler and Christine Abbott state "...the acid test is whether the people concerned are helping each other to take action on their problems and challenges, and whether they are learning from the work" (p. 20).

Reg Revans originated the Action Learning process in the 1930s in the United Kingdom. Today, the process is in the vast majority of highly effective learning and development programs of organizations around the world.

To learn more about Action Learning, see

You might also read various articles in the Action Learning Library.

" Action Learning is a process underpinned by a belief in individual potential: a way of learning from our actions, and from what happens to us, and around us, by taking the time to question, understand and reflect, to gain insights, and consider how to act in the future. "
— Krystyna Weinstein, in " Action Learning: A Practical Guide"

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