A recent Linden Learning Early Years Leadership commissioned course.
Early Years managers are often working under pressure – from managers, staff, parents, inspectors, the needs of children and their community. Managers have daily demands on their time and pressures to participate in a range of activities. Early Years work is going through big changes. An action learning set is an opportunity to take some time out and to be truly reflective about your work. It is not another training course. It focuses on the issues that matter to you most with people who understand exactly where you are coming from.
What is Action Learning?
Reg Revans (1907–2003) coined the term Action Learning to heal the split between thinking and doing and help us understand how human beings can work together more effectively.
Action learning is a process which involves working on real challenges, using the knowledge and skills of a small group of people combined with skilled questioning, to re-interpret old and familiar concepts and produce fresh ideas. www.actionlearningassociates.co.uk
Facilitated action learning sets can be a very effective mechanism to support shared thinking and problem solving. Leadership teams or groups of leaders/managers can be supported to explore this technique either to implement in their settings or to explore more creative solutions to existing concerns.