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Action Research and Action Learning in Vocational Education and Training | SIT Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, New Zealand

One of the attractions of action research and action learning to many people is that it is often conducted as part of the researcher’s practice rather than as an ‘add on’. The researcher is usually interested in improving their practice, ensuring the effectiveness of what they are doing or are involved in creating change in a real life situation, for which action research is admirably suited. Training and education situations offer a perfect opportunity for using action research and action learning processes, whether or not you are intending to conduct formal research for publication.


The papers in this special edition exemplify this feature of action research. Hopefully, they will stimulate your interest in using action research and action learning processes in your work or training situation. Moreover, perhaps they will demystify research and promote it as an activity that is available to practitioners and is not just an academic pastime. I would like to thank the authors for their contribution.


Learner Defined Curriculum: Heutagogy and Action Learning in Vocational Training

Author: Dr Stewart Hase

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Implementing Organizational Change Using Action Research in Two Asian Cultures

Authors: Shankar Sankaran & Madhu Ranjan

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Middle management leadership development through action learning

Author: Bob Dick

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