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Applying Action Learning Principles to Academic Seminars: A Study in Praxiological Action

WithChris de Winter Hebron, Doreen J. de Winter Hebron

Praxiology, according to most definitions of the science involves the systematic study of the effectiveness of human actions from three basic standpoints: analysis of concepts; critique of modes of action; normative discussions and recommendations for increasing effectiveness. Action learning is intended to promote effective learning as judged by application in the workplace. Adapting action learning principles to professional academic staff development activities must therefore so far be deemed a success. Professional academic staff development is however a very specialised and minority element within the academic environment overall. The Kassel and Omani seminars also highlighted a set of principles to do with linguistic mentorship, cultural permission, and presentation pacing that seems to be of general application as atmosphere creators in particular in cross cultural or multilingual action learning applications. Adapting action learning principles to professional academic staff development activities must therefore so far be deemed a success.