Action learning: ripples within and beyond the set

Warwick, R., McCray, J. and Palmer, A. (2017) Action learning: ripples within and beyond the set. Leadership in Health Services, 30 (2). pp. 138-147. ISSN 1751-1879

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Purpose: To explore the impact of action learning on an individual and an organisation, particularly the process by which each affected the other. The organisation is a UK National Health Service (NHS) Trust that includes two hospitals.
Design/methodology/approach: This is a single person case study involving a clinician, but we also hear the voice of an author. It involves the experience of the individual as they experience action learning as part of a leadership development programme leading to a Post Graduate Certificate. We explain our caution of the case study approach and in doing so offer our thoughts in how this paper could be read and impact on practice.
Findings: We show a process whereby an action learning set participant moves from being confident about their project to one of uncertainty as the impact of the project ripples throughout the organisation. Through this process of unsettlement, the individual’s unnoticed assumptions are explored in ways that enable practical action to be taken. In doing so the individual’s leadership and identity developed.
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Originality/value: This single case study contributes to the debate on critical action learning (CAL) and the use of action learning in the NHS.

Item Type: Articles
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Academic Areas > Business School
Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Social Work and Social Care
Depositing User: Debbie Bogard
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 11:45
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 12:15

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