Presentation on theme: "Liz Beaty Coventry University"— Presentation transcript:
1Liz Beaty Coventry University Using Action Learning Sets for Continuing Professional Development1
2Action Learning: a definition “Action Learning is a continuous process of learning and reflection that happens with the support of a group or ‘set’ of colleagues working with real problems with the aim of getting things done.”Ian McGill and Liz BeatyAction Learning: a guide. Revised 2nd editionLondon, Kogan Page (2001)
3Values of action learning Voluntary nature of the setA positive approach to lifeReflection is the key to learning from experienceThe Presenter is the expert on her issueSupport and ChallengeEmpathyEmpowermentQuality of attentionTrust and confidentiality.
5Development Development of technical skill Development of professional approachDevelopment of reflective practice
6How does a set work Each individual has time for presenting an issue Set members offer support, and challenge through open questioningIndividual action planningReporting back on learningReflection and review of outcomes.
7Roles within the set Presenter Present the problem Listen to support and challengeAction PlanControl the focus of discussion
8Roles within the set Supporters Empathise Support and Challenge Recognise underlying issuesLeave room for reflectionSupport action planning
9Roles within the set Facilitator : Control the process Create a learning climateTiming and flowSupporting the development of set cultureReview the process
10Why use action learning? Development of reflective practiceGroup process provides supportLearning from own issues and those of othersLinking theory to practiceProblem solving
11Skills developed through action learning Listening and questioningGiving and receiving feedbackReflective practiceaction planninglinking theory to practiceRecognition of different teaching styles, values and approaches.Interpersonal and facilitation skillsEmpathy.
12Example of an action learning programme 2 day induction workshopincludes introduction to A.L.Monthly action learning set meetings3 hours in groups of 6 with tutorWorkshopsVarious topics 4/5 each termPortfolio assessmentmapped against SEDA/ILT requirements
13Examples of issues brought to the action learning set What to wear in lecturers to be comfortable but not look like a student?How to cope with being given too much work and not feeling wanting to appear unequal to the job?Why do some seminar groups work well while others do not?What to put in the portfolio?