Learning through action

Esther Walker (Director of Forum Interactive, Edinburgh, UK)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Publication date: 2 October 2009



The purpose of this article is to provide L&D Managers with an informative overview of how drama works in the context of learning and development, the key methodologies involved and their benefits to the organization.


This article is a case study providing information on how drama has been applied for learning and development purposes in a number of UK organizations.


One of the key points of this article, and central reasons for Drama's ongoing success as an L&D tool, is its ability to evoke an emotional response to the learning process. Through emotion, we can engage staff and inspire them to learn, in a way that transcends other training methodologies.


This paper introduces L&D managers to a new approach to learning. It offers a brief overview of what drama‐based learning can add to the mix, and explains how these methods are helpful both to staff and the organisation as a whole. The article includes a series of case study examples from the public and private sectors to illustrate key points and methods.



Walker, E. (2009), "Learning through action", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 18-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777280910994877

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