Are there 'Action' and 'Learning' in Action Learning? -Prolog to Critical Analysis of Action Learning without 'Action' and 'Learning'-

실천학습(Action Learning)에 '실천(Action)'과 '학습(Learning)'이 존재하는가? -'실천'과 '학습'없는 실천학습에 대한 비판적 논의의 서곡-

  • Received : 2003.09.15
  • Accepted : 2003.11.10
  • Published : 2003.12.01


In this study, some issues that are related to embody the original conception and ideal of action learning are explored in terms of misunderstanding and misuse of action learning in Korean corporate context. The conception of action learning is deconstructed through the lens of 'action' and 'learning' concept, followed by conceptual analysis to the nature of 'action' and 'learning'. Based upon this conceptual deconstruction of 'action' and 'learning', this study is conducted to categorize the concept of 'action' and 'learning' into several representative attributes. Categorization of 'action' and 'learning' leads to draw some adjectives, for examples, reflective, dynamic, complex, nonlinear, that are critical for characterizing action learning. That is, the nature and ideal of action learning are critically reviewed with the reconceptualization of 'action' and learning, which are deconstructed. The Discussion of final thoughts is on what kinds of knowledge perspectives action learning holds in comparison with those of knowledge management and on how to facilitate knowledge construction and sharing with action learning.