Action Learning: A Conceptual Introduction

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Action Learning is more that just learning by doing, though it is certainly that. This presentation introduces the underlying theory behind Action Learning and suggests ways this approach to learning might be used in a higher education environment.

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Action Learning: A Conceptual Introduction

  1. 1. Action Learning A Conceptual Introduction
  2. 2. Presentation Contents • Biblical Foundations • Definition • The Basic Assumption of AL • Conditions • Objectives • The Action Learning Cycle • Core Elements of AL • Supporting & Inhibiting Factors • Why Action Learning at MSCC? 2 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  3. 3. Definition
  4. 4. Definition “A process for bringing together a group of people with varied levels of skills and experience to analyze an actual work problem and develop an action plan. The group continues to meet as actions are implemented, learning from the implementation and making mid-course corrections. Action learning is a form of learning by doing.” U.S. Office of Personal Management. Learning Strategies for Creating a Continuous Learning Environment. Washington, DC: Human Capital Assessment & Accountability Framework (HCAAF) Resource Center. 2006; available at http://www.opm.gov/hcaaf_resource_center/assets/Lead_tool4.pdf 4 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  5. 5. The PERL Formula 5 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  6. 6. The PERL Formula Principles P 6 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  7. 7. The PERL Formula Principles applied in Experience P +E 7 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  8. 8. The PERL Formula Principles applied in Experience and followed up with Reflection P +E+R 8 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  9. 9. The PERL Formula Principles applied in Experience and followed up with Reflection leads to Learning. P +E+R =L 9 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  10. 10. Objectives
  11. 11. The Main Objectives of AL "The great attraction of action learning is its unique and amazing power to simultaneously solve difficult challenges and develop people and organizations at minimal cost.“ Michael J. Marquardt, "Action Learning," By George!, February 18, 2004; available from http://www.gwu.edu/~bygeorge/021804/actionlearning.html. 11 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  12. 12. Other Objectives • Relate theory and practice; • Test ideas; • Give and receive feedback; • Manage and develop themselves; • Learn to relate to others; • Communicate effectively; • Manage projects; • Apply ministerial skills and techniques; • Use a range of technological equipment and systems; • Practice creativity skills. • Learn to recognize the value of good ideas; • Learn to acknowledge one’s limitations; • Increase one’s confidence; • Etc. 12 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  13. 13. Conditions • A Spirit of Inquiry • Honesty • Teamwork • Humility • Empowerment 13 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  14. 14. The Process
  15. 15. The Action Learning Cycle Identify a Problem Capture the Interrogate learning the problem Implement Make the plan generalizations Design a plan 15 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  16. 16. Core Elements of Action Learning • Reflection • Learning • Real Problems • Questions (Versus Answers) • Teams • A Coach • Commitment to Action 16 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  17. 17. Supporting & Inhibiting Factors Supporting Factors Inhibiting Factors • Risk-taking • Tradition • Hard work • Comfort of • Willingness to be familiarity uncomfortable • Intolerance for • Clarity of focus ambiguity • Communication • Isolationism (silos) • Flexibility • Time constraints • Lateral thinking • Surface implementation 17 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  18. 18. Why Action Learning for Higher Education? • It gives us a niche • It fits our purpose • It fits the need of the Church • It fits the growing numbers of “Revolutionary” Christians. 18 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  19. 19. What Difference will it Make? Before After • We give answers • We answer questions • Education BEFORE experience • Experience IS education • Shotgun recruitment • Focused recruitment • Isolated individuals • Teams • Theory disconnected from life • Life and Theory merged • Students master college • Students master ministry • Getting a good grade • Solving a real problem • Education in pieces • Education is integrated • Hypothetical education • Education as reality • Learning individuals • A learning community • Only students learn • The institution as a whole learns 19 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  20. 20. What Difference will it Make? Teaching Learning • What the teacher does • What the learner does • Assumes stability • Assumes change • Focuses on knowledge • Focuses on performance • Teaches a subject • Teaches how to learn • Emphasizes improvement • Emphasizes transformation • Independent of school’s • Directly aligned with the mission mission of the school • Short-term focus • Long-term focus • Class-room dependent • Linked class-room and field experience Adapted from Michael J. Marquardt, Building the Learning Organization: Mastering the 5 Elements for Corporate Learning. 2nd ed. (Davies-Black, 2002), 56. 20 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  21. 21. What Difference will it Make? Old Institutional Paradigm New Institutional Paradigm • Crisis driven • Vision driven • Rigid culture • Flexible culture • Teaching orientation • Learning orientation • Regional • Global • Management directed • Staff empowered • Bias toward caution • Bias toward experimentation • Prior knowledge • New knowledge • Departmentalized • Integrated Adapted from Michael J. Marquardt, Building the Learning Organization: Mastering the 5 Elements for Corporate Learning. 2nd ed. (Davies-Black, 2002), 95. 21 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  22. 22. Biblical Foundations
  23. 23. Biblical Foundations: Heb 5:13-14 “Everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” 23 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  24. 24. Biblical Foundations: Rom 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” 24 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  25. 25. Biblical Foundations: Rom 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” thinking 25 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  26. 26. Biblical Foundations: Rom 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” thinking action 26 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  27. 27. Biblical Foundations: Rom 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” thinking transformation action 27 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  28. 28. Biblical Foundations: 2 Tim 3:16-17 “All Scripture Is inspired by God and Profitable For teaching, For reproof, For correction, For training in righteousness; So that the man of God may be Adequate, Equipped, For every good WORK .” 28 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  29. 29. Biblical Foundations: James 1:22 “Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” 29 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College
  30. 30. For More Information . . . Go to . . . http://snipr.com/action- http://snipr.com/action-learning Or contact me at . . . DrGregWaddell@gmail.com 30 PowerPoint ® Slides by Greg Waddell │Mid-South Christian College

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