A New Name for Action Learning?

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A New Name for Action Learning?
Andy Radka, Director, United Kingdom, SIG Leader
What do you think: Is it time for a name change and a relaunch?
How about: Learning in Action - sounds more dynamic.
Or: Action for Learning?
Any other ideas for a new, better name for a new future for Action Learning?
 

 
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Maurizio Morselli, Teacher, Italy, Member
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Time for a Name Change of Action Learning
Andy Radka, Director, United Kingdom, SIG Leader
Is it time we changed the name of Action Learning.
This might help to position it better today and for the future. My suggestion would be ‘Learning in Action’.
What does anyone else think - is it time for a change, and if so a change to what? I would be interested in more views.
 

 
Why Time for Change?
Bergstrand, Teacher, Sweden, Member
As you know, Action Learning is a theory of human learning and action, an approach and a system of methods that can be transformed into programs within organizations and in other contexts.
The theory was crystallized from a number of different theories of learning, and research of Reginald W. Revans, regarded as creator of Action Learning.
Revans had an expression of consultants that want to transform Action Learning and integrating with what they are "experts" in - namely package monglers. During his late years of life, he was concerned about where Action Learning was heading.
My understanding is that there is so much wisdom and system thinking in Action Learning that, instead of even thinking about renaming and integrating the theory with other packages of popular consultancy efforts, we should explore, identify, analyze and develop the depth of Action Learning - thus retaining Action Learning as a term.
 

 
Why it is Time for Change...
Andy Radka, Director, United Kingdom, SIG Leader
Thanks for your comments on this.
I agree that there is depth to Action Learning which is sometimes not reached. The theory is rich with insights and applications.
However I also believe that there is a wider need to push for more learning in action. Too many learning programmes simply do not deliver change because of the gap between learning and doing.
Action Learning can spearhead this and a new name might be a good way to reach a wider audience and generate more impact.
 

     
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