Teaching to Create Empowered Learners: Applying Action Learning in the Classroom.

By Thomas Kalliath and Parveen Kalliath.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper discusses the use of action learning principles in the design and delivery of university based courses. Three teaching methodologies using action learning principles are presented.

Keywords: Action Learning, Systems Thinking, Personal Change, Reflective Skills

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp.71-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 933.668KB).

Dr Thomas Kalliath

Thomas Kalliath, PhD has qualifications in organisational psychology and management from the Washington University in St. Louis, USA and Xavier Labour Relations Institute in India. Prior to joining ANU as a Senior Lecturer in Management, Thomas has taught organizational psychology, organizational development and change, and personnel training and development in the University of Waikato, New Zealand from 1995-2004. Thomas is the recipient of a number of excellence awards, including the University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching-2003. Recently, he co-edited Organizational Psychology in Australia and New Zealand (2003), the first textbook in the field specifically written for university students in Australia and New Zealand. Thomas has published over 30 refereed articles on job stress and burnout, work-family conflict, and innovations in teaching in professional journals such as Journal of Organisational Behaviour, Work and Stress, International Journal of Stress Management, Managerial Psychology, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Organisation Development Journal, Social Work Review, Journal of Nursing Administration, New Zealand Journal of Psychology, The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, and Social Work Now. He has presented research papers in more than 40 national and international conferences. He is the Founder-Convenor of the New Zealand Organisation Development Network which holds two annual conferences to share innovations in organization development and change. He has over 25 years of professional work experiences as a hospital administrator, organizational development consultant, and academic in India, the USA and New Zealand.

Ms Parveen Kalliath

Parveen Kalliath holds a Masters in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St.Louis, USA, and a Masters in Social Work from Bombay University, India. Currently she is a Lecturer in the School of Social Work at the Australian Catholic University, Canberra. Prior to this appointment, she was a Senior Academic Staff member and the Coordinator of the Social Work Programme at the Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand. Her research interests include action learning, teamwork, and work family balance. She has published in refereed journals and also made national and international conference presentations in these areas. She has extensive experience (15 years) as a social work practitioner in India, USA and New Zealand.


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