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Ledares aktionslärande: Att styra och följa lärandeprocesser i arbetslivet
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2007 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Abstract

This study reports a project within which leaders in a local government administration develop their skills about and in action learning. The main focus is on the conditions that are needed in an action learning process. The aim is to analyse the working process, how the leaders make use of their own experiences from daily working life and put them into questions and actions, and finally, to question and analyse my own leading process as an action researcher.

During nearly two years, the leaders taking part in the study and myself have been involved in a complex, social process where experiences from daily working life have put questions into actions and investigations.

Results show that the leaders, through the working process, learned how to investigate, collect information and analyse data. Time and process were found to be key concepts in their action learning. Uncertainty characterised the leaders´ initially work while the enthusiasm and more initiative from their side appeared as the work proceeded. Through the process they had to deal and struggle with their staff’s notions about working conditions as well as their own leadership. Demands on responsibility for their own actions were mixed with a permitting atmosphere holding both laughing and testing of new ideas. Another result shows tensions within this learning process, on one hand, between the leaders who wanted to keep their agreed understanding and, on the other, my intentions to challenge their understandings. The variation and changing in interaction patterns over time between me and the leaders seem to be crucial to make this project the leaders´ own working process. My leadership changed from initially instructing, to coaching and finally to take a back seat. A main conclusion from the study is that designing adult education in a learning perspective, deals with working methods as well as content.

Keywords: action learning, leadership, interaction, process, experiential learning, adult education

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Estetisk-filosofiska fakulteten , 2007. , p. 124
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2007:17
Keywords [en]
action learning, leadership, interaction, process, experiential learning, adult education
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Pedagogy
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-904ISBN: 978-91-7063-120-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-904DiVA, id: diva2:6648
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2007-06-01, Sjöströmsalen, 1B 309, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 13:15
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Available from: 2007-05-23 Created: 2007-05-23

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