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Making facilitation work: the challenges on an international DBA Action Learning Set

OFarrell, JP (2018) Making facilitation work: the challenges on an international DBA Action Learning Set. Action Learning : Research & Practice, 15 (1). ISSN 1476-7333

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Abstract

This account relates my experiences as facilitator of an action learning set on a DBA cohort comprising international students and myself. It outlines the reasons for my selection as facilitator and describes my initial expectations and assumptions of action learning. I chart the difficulty in separating the “what” of my own research from the “how/why” of the action learning set. The account discusses my experiences as a new facilitator and my attempts to engage fellow students in the set in order to gain a collective benefit. I reflect on the challenges encountered in progressing the action learning set caused by a lack of common understanding within the set of the expectations and potential benefits of an action learning approach, and also the feasibility of maintaining a successful action learning set separated by geography, time zones, and language. The account also discusses the practical, technology-supported approaches to facilitating the action learning set.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Action Learning : Research & Practice on 10/01/18, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14767333.2017.1414115
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 17:06
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2018 10:19
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/14767333.2017.1414115
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7583

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