Action Learning Principles

There are a set of basic action learning principles which underpin the process of action learning. It is the responsibility of the facilitator to ensure that these principles are adhered to in the set.

The 5 principles are:

Air Time

Each set member should each be given the opportunity to speak and no one set member should be allowed to dominate the session.


An agreed time is put on each stage session so each set member knows when it will start and finish. The advantage of this is that is prevents excessive time being spent on one issue holder and helps focus the set members to use the time most effectively.


There is an agreed structure to each set which set members agree to. This may be altered for the following session if members agree during the process review.


In each session the focus in on helping one set member present their issue and helping them find a solution.


There is learning for all set members during each session, not just for the issue holder. Learning is gained from the issue itself and also about the process of learning.

Further Reading:

The Action Learning Handbook: Powerful Techniques for Education, Professional Development and Training by Anne Brockbank and Ian McGill (Paperback - 6 Nov 2003)

Action Learning: A Practical Guide for Managers by Krystyna Weinstein (Paperback - 16 Nov 1998)

See Also:-

Action Learning and Group Coaching
What Is Action Learning
Action Learning Model
Action Learning Ground Rules
Action Learning Set Roles
Action Learning Skills
Role Of Action Learning Facilitator
The Ideal Number Of Members In An Action Learning Set?
Lifetime Of An Action Learning Set
Business Mastermind Model

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