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A review of action learning literature 1994‐2000: Part 2 – signposts into the literature

Peter A.C. Smith (Peter A.C. Smith is President, The Leadership Alliance Inc. and Executive Director of the International Foundation for Action Learning, Canada.)
Judy O’Neil (Judy O’Neil is President of Partners for the Learning Organization Inc., Warwick, USA.)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 1 July 2003



Many organizations now utilize action learning, and it is applied increasingly throughout the world. Action learning appears in numerous variants, but generically it is a form of learning through experience, “by doing”, where the task environment is the classroom, and the task the vehicle. Two previous reviews of the action learning literature by Alan Mumford respectively covered the field prior to 1985 and the period 1985‐1994. Both reviews included books as well as journal articles. This current review covers the period 1994‐2000 and is limited to publicly available journal articles. Part 1 of the Review was published in an earlier issue of the Journal of Workplace Learning (Vol. 15 No. 2) and included a bibliography and comments. Part 2 extends that introduction with a schema for categorizing action learning articles and with comments on representative articles from the bibliography.



Smith, P.A.C. and O’Neil, J. (2003), "A review of action learning literature 1994‐2000: Part 2 – signposts into the literature", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 154-166.




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