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By Mike Pedler

Prior variations of motion studying in perform proven this authoritative review of motion studying all over the world. during the last decade the flow in the direction of action-based organizational studying and improvement has speeded up, and motion studying is now a longtime a part of the schooling and improvement mainstream in huge and small businesses. absolutely revised and up to date, this fourth variation covers the origins of motion studying with Reg Revans' rules, and appears at their improvement and alertness this present day. motion studying is self-directed studying via tackling company and paintings issues of the aid of associates and associates. a certified and numerous crew, attracted, motivated and built during this means is extra in a position to deal successfully with the turning out to be complexity and pressures of operating lifestyles. because the limits of traditional education and improvement turn into extra noticeable, leaders are more and more drawn to action-based techniques to studying while looking larger results and returns on funding.

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Does not the parable of David and Goliath justify this question? Action learning is not opposed to teaching the syllabus of yesterday, nor of last year, nor even of antiquity; action learning merely asks that, in addition to programmed instruction, the development of our new Davids will include the exploration of their own ignorance and the search for fresh questions leading out of it. Action learning is a method of building on the academic tradition, not (as some seem to fear) a simplistic challenge to that tradition.

What’s so new? And who wants another book about it? We may all agree that learning by doing is, in many forms, nothing very new. It is one of the primary forces of evolution, and has accompanied mankind since long before our ancestors came down from the trees. Even the most primitive creatures must have 6 Action Learning in Practice learnt from their own experience, by carrying on with what they found good for them and by refraining from what they found to be harmful. The earliest living things, without any memory worth mentioning, also learnt by doing; if it was fatal to their life style they died, and if it was agreeable they flourished.

Xvii) The original thinkers who developed the practice of action learning on the basis of their experiences of the GEC programme are represented here by Bob Garratt The Power of Action Learning, David Casey Set Advising and David Pearce Getting Started. With Revans’ two chapters, Action Learning: Its Origins and Nature and The Enterprise as a Learning System, all appear here, as in previous editions, hardly altered from 1983. These first practitioners took the ‘naïve and simple facts’ of action learning and turned them into the practice recognizable today.

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