Action Learning in Switzerland - one expression, two methods
by Natalie Raeber (comments: 1)
I am an action learning facilitator. Earlier this month I have realised that the term “action learning” is used by scil, Crealogix and others here in Switzerland in a different way. How can we deal with two methods bearing the same name?
The action learning that I facilitate
- is based on real life challenges
- brings together a group of people
- is a structured process that is based on open questions
- brings together critical thinking and action
- is a learning process for everyone
I did my facilitation training for Action Learning in 2013/2014 in London with the Action Learning Associates. The process is very well explained here.
- a method that is used in an education
- based on a real life project from work
- an assignment, that is handled by one person
- applying concepts, methods, and knowledge from the course
- handed in in a written form
For me, those are fundamental differences in the two methods.
The only thing the two methods have in common is that it is based on real life challenges/projects. I have to admit, that I have problems seeing the action part of the scil-approach besides writing and/or presenting a project. I would call their method “project work” and there is absolutely nothing wrong with using project works in an education. Is "action learning project" just a fancier way to say it?
What can we do now, that we have two methods working on actual problems with two very different approaches that bear the same name?
I have an uneasy feeling about this situation but I don’t have a solution.
What are your thoughts?