What would workplace training be like if programs were designed to honor the diversity of learning styles and fully acknowledge the everyday realities of working adults? This is the story of Action Reflection Learning (ARL), a little-explored practice that has been inspiring individuals and transforming organizations for more than 30 years. For the first time, Action Reflection Learning brings to light this time-tested approach that has demonstrated its power to revolutionize the way adult learners learn by fundamentally changing the way teaching and training are practiced. Packed with dozens of just-in-time learning opportunities, Action Reflection Learning provides a hands-on guide to what ARL is, how it works and what it takes to implement it in and outside the classroom.
Coauthors Rimanoczy and Turner introduce the 16 key elements that drive ARL's success - all firmly grounded in adult learning and action learning principles. And through stories, journal entries, dialogues and narrative case examples drawn from their own experience, they offer an inside look at the critical role the Learning Coach plays in unleashing the power of ARL to make one-on-one coaching more effective, help navigate a post-merger integration, prepare young talent for the next big challenge or work with a team of educators in crisis.
Isabel Rimanoczy is a legacy coach, educator and author of over 130 articles and papers published in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. She coauthored the book Action Reflection Learning: Solving Real Business Problems by Connecting Learning with Earning (Davies-Black Publishing, 2008), which is based on her research about adult learning. Isabel is a frequent speaker and presenter at international conferences and the editor of a monthly electronic newsletter featuring articles on leadership and learning challenges. She is a partner with LIM, LLC, and a faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she teaches sustainability at the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. She is the founder and director of MINERVAS, an NGO that supports women engaging in community projects and the director of the International Foundation for Action Learning_USA. She is a collaborator of the UN initiative PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education). Isabel grew up in Argentina, where she earned her BA and MA in psychology at the University of Buenos Aires, as well as an MBA at the University of Palermo. She obtained her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she researched business leaders championing sustainability initiatives. She is currently writing a book on the sustainability mindset. She lives in Florida. Ernie Turner, president of LIM, has worked around the globe with international leaders such as Volvo, AstraZeneca, Merck, Motorola, and AT&T and is a former educational consultant for the New York City school system.
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“Rimanoczy and Turner have captured a unique and insightful new approach to training. A ‘must read’ for anyone committed to solving real organizational problems.”
–Tony Herrera, Global Director of Leadership Education and Development, Pfizer, Inc.
“Demystifies action learning. Makes Action Reflection Learning come alive and shows readers how to successfully use the principles and practices in their own settings.”
—Victoria J. Marsick, PhD, Professor, Adult Learning and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University
“The authors deftly combine theory, research, and years of practice in precisely defining the sixteen elements of successful and repeatable learning. Finally we have a guide to action learning that reflective practitioners can embrace with confidence.”
—Charles J. Palus, PhD, Senior Enterprise Associate, Center for Creative Leadership
“By advocating the use of real day-to-day problems and opportunities for learning in the workplace, together with details of well-proven methodologies, it shows how organizations can minimize waste in learning transfer.”
—Bryan Smith, independent consultant; editor, Industrial & Commercial Training; author, Developing Managers Through Project-Based Learning and Project-Based Learning for Developing Managers