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Action learning in East Africa: new encounters or impossible challenges?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Action Learning: Research and Practice
Issue number2
Volume15
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)126-138
Publication statusPublished
Early online date24/04/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Action learning is extending its reach internationally and is increasingly used in distinct cultural settings. This paper explores action learning in an African context and examines how action learning as a cultural product is biased towards Western values and practices. We draw attention to the political, cultural and social encounters of internationalizing action learning which are often glossed over in current debates. The paper illuminates the historical development of pedagogical practices in Africa to elucidate how the social, political, cultural and economic processes have influenced and informed learning in African societies. Second, we review action learning and question its relevance and transferability in non-Western contexts. Finally, we will reflect on the potential of action learning in Africa, and its implications for future research and practice. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.