Module Action Learning: Principles and Application in the Workplace

Course details

Direct Entry

October 2016, 2017

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The aim of this module is to examine the application of Action Learning in the workplace, in particular its role in health and social care organisations.

This module will delivered as a blend of lectures, group tutorials and experiential learning practice, with participants undertaking practice within the workplace.

You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

Indicative module content includes: Kolb's Learning Cycle; Experiential Learning theory; Learning styles theory - Honey and Mumford; Coveys 8th habit - listening; Action Learning set theory - Revans, Kolb, Mumford; Reflective practice and the reflective practitioner; the process of Action Learning; Contracting and good practice in Action Learning; Experiential learning sessions in relation to action learning.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • critically review different approaches to Action Learning by synthesising relevant theories and approaches to practice
  • critically reflect on your own ability to perform effectively as an Action Learning Facilitator, engaging in peer Action Learning facilitation to seek advice on individual performance
  • design an individualised detailed Action Learning set intervention for use in practice, (with measurable outcomes), by synthesising Action Learning
  • use approaches from different perspectives

Indicative core bibliography

Covey, Stephen, R (2006) The 8th Habit; from effectiveness to greatness, Simon and Schuster, UK

Honey, P and  Mumford, A (1984) Using your learning styles, Maidenhead, UK

Kolb, DA (1984) Experience as the source of learning and development, Prentice-Hall, UK

Moon, AJ (2004) Reflection in Learning and Professional Development, Routledge, Oxford, UK

Pedlar, M (2011) Action Learning in Practice, Gower Publishing, Surrey, UK

Revans, RW (2011) ABC of action learning, e-book

Jasper, M. (2013) Beginning Reflective Practice. Cengage Learning. Available as e-book through Dawsonera.

Wigens, L. (2006) Expanding Nursing and Health Care Practice: Optimising Learning through Practice. Cengage Learning. Available as e-book through Dawsonera.

Programme specification (PDF)

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to study this module on a stand-alone basis, students must demonstrate the ability to study at this level and commit to attempting the assessment.

Students who successfully complete this module as a stand-alone module will be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement.

When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focused towards the subject of that award. Completion of the formative components will support you in undertaking the summative assessment.


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The module can be studied as an optional module within the MSc Practice Development programme or on a stand-alone basis.

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