Presentation on theme: "Action Learning Jackie Chaplin Joyce Jeffray Ian Duncan"— Presentation transcript:
1 Action Learning Jackie Chaplin Joyce Jeffray Ian Duncan Action Learning Set FacilitatorsECCF Programme
2 AimsTo explore what action learning is and how it contributes to the ECCF ProgrammeTo explore the philosophy and the principles that underpin action learningTo identify the benefits of action learning
3 Action LearningA continuous process of learning and reflection that happens with the support of a group of colleagues, working with real problems, with the intention of getting things done(McCormack et al 2004)
4 ECCF ProgrammeAction Learning provides ECCF Fellows with the opportunity toIdentify issues that are relevant to their role and explore how they might apply their learning to those issuesPractice specific skills and how they will use those skills in their own workplace and review the outcomes of those actionsLearn how to support and challenge colleagues while maintaining mutually beneficial relationshipsBe challenged to take a wider view of situations and how they might manage them
5 Action Learning uses reflection and the cycle of learning Stage 1: Having an experienceStage 4:Applying the learning Planning the next stepsStage 2:Reflecting on and analysing the experienceStage 3 : Concluding from the experience(Kolb 1984)
6 Action learning and adult Learning RespectIntegrityAccepting personal responsibility for learningCommitmentSelf awarenessSet and its membersActionOpennessto challenge and be challengedTo Support and be supportedReflective practice
7 Principles underpinning action learning There is no learning without action and no sober and deliberate action without learningAdults learn best when they are directly involved in their own learning about a current life situationAdults who voluntarily choose a learning experience usually learn more readilyApplying that learning in the workplace makes it more personally meaningful and of greater benefit to the organisation(Revans, 1998)
8 Five main elements of action learning The individual – voluntarily joins the groupThe set – a group of 4/8 people who meet regularly, agree ground rules and ways of workingThe issue or task – each person brings what they want to work on – a specific issueThe processes – presentation of issues, challenge, support, agree actions, report backThe facilitator – helps the group as it works and learns(Revans, 1998)
9 The set Equal amount of time Listen/encourage without interruption EmpathiseAsk questions to challenge and supportRespect other individuals, the issues that they face and their perspectives
10 PresenterEach set member takes it in turns to present an issue or situation. Discusses it with the group honestly and openly.What is happening here?What am I contributing to this issue?What do I want to achieve?What is stopping me?Who can help?
11 EnablerThe enabler helps the presenter with the issue. The object is to help define or redefine the problem or issue and his/her relationship in it, so that he/she can take steps towards solving it. Uses open questions.How does that make you feel?How do you want things to be?What is the most important aspect of this issue for you just now?What do you think would happen if …..?How would you know that?What could you do?What other options are there?What one thing could you do?
12 Action Learning Set Process Presentation of challengewhat is the issue/ question/• what are the contributing factors?• what did I do?• what did they do?• what do I want to happen ?Action Learning Set ProcessDialogue with group; listening,questioning and challenging views, perceptions and assumptions.Make meaning of experience, draw conclusions , commit to integrating learning into everyday practiceBring ‘what happened’ back to the group. What went well / not so well / why?Reflection and creation of thoughts of new ideas, new understanding, new perspectives, commitment to action‘Doing’ the action‘Being’ the change
13 Learning happens at three levels: About the issue being tackledAbout oneselfAbout the process of learning itself
14 Benefits of action learning For the participantsIncreased self awarenessIncreased confidenceAbility to approach situations from a broader and more varied perspective than in the pastMore proactive than reactive in problem solving and decision makingBetter at listeningBetter at giving and accepting feedbackHandling difficult conversations with more sensitivity and confidence
15 In summaryAction learning facilitates the application of learning within the ECCF programme with benefits forIndividualsCollaborative workingThe care of patients and their familiesAction Learning is about learning by, from and through action – so the rest of this afternoon we are going to learn about action learning …. by doing