In most Action Learning programmes people work in small groups or sets of between 6-8, sometimes with an adviser or facilitator
Action learning sets work by:
Meeting regularly - The frequency and duration can vary depending upon these circumstances, the people and their problems. The set might choose to meet for a full or half day, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or six weekly, over 3 month, 6, 12 or 18 months. People in the set should decide how many meetings to have, where to hold them, for how long, and how to evaluate and so on. Often they are used for project management and started off by a facilitator who has initiated the action learning programme but it should be handed over to the set as soon …show more content…
Members having got to know each other’s problems and then helping each person reflect on that action in order to learn. In a mature set there is that sense of comradeship - of being ‘all for one and one for all’ - where all members take pleasure and satisfaction whenever one person has a small victory and gets a new insight into the situation.
Review- in which the set stops work on problems and reflects on how well the group as a whole is working. “How effective are we in helping each other act and learn?” Facilitation and evaluation are key processes that must happen in any set.
Facilitator- whose ‘role’ is to help the set develop, to facilitate the supporting and challenging processes, and to help members reflect on their learning. The facilitator’s main purpose is to do with helping members towards more profound understanding of themselves and of their worlds. If there is no facilitation in the set, members must ensure these ‘process’ tasks are accomplished.
What does it mean to be involved in action learning?
There is no fixed may of running an Action Learning set, no British standards applies! Much will depend on the individuals, and the environment and circumstances from which they …show more content…
You will need to challenge others in a helpful and constructive way - to give good feedback, to give support and to listen. Active listening is a skill that too few managers possess or practise! One of the keys to successful action learning sets is their ability as the need arises. Set members therefore have to be sensitive to each others needs and to be selfless enough to help each other - sometimes at their own expense. Giving time within a set meeting to help one member going through a particularly difficult time can be invaluable, providing that there is sufficient give-and take within the group, and that the focus can change when needs