Action learning on the edge: contributing to a master's programme in Human Resources for Health
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Edmonstone, J. & Robson, J. (2014) Action learning on the edge: contributing to a master's programme in Human Resources for Health, Action Learning: Research and Practice, vol. 11, , pp. 361-374,
This account of practice describes the introduction of an accredited postgraduate management qualification which used action learning as a major contribution to a blended learning approach in a fragile cross-border setting on the edge of Europe. Conventional management education has frequently been challenged on the grounds of relevance, efficacy and value. In this case, action learning was combined with other blended learning approaches over a two-year period resulting in both excellent academic performance and student satisfaction results. Student completion and progression rates were exceptional and returns to the programme sponsors and the employing organisations were high. Programme participants gained an academic qualification and through action learning also gained added value through their own personal development; became more capable as independent learners and experienced enhanced social capital within their professional community.