How to facilitate collaborative continuing and expansive learning?

Loes J. Meijer, Esther De Groot, Roger Damoiseaux, Grainne Kearney, Francois Schellevis

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Abstract

Change is a constant in many organisations. Combining sustainable change processes with learning for the professionals involved ensures that participants acquire the capacity to transform a given situation and capably steer future change at the workplace. In this conceptual article, we reflect on an approach for designing and investigating change processes where learning and change co-occur: Change-Laboratory. We draw on a case from our empirical work in the Dutch healthcare domain, where participants in a change process discuss, describe and disseminate collaborative patient-care-agreements. The most critical outcome of a Change-Lab is transformative agency, which is an evolving capacity of the collective to seek new possibilities toward change. It is essential for participants’ lifelong continuing development. Universities would benefit from increased attention this outcome in order to learn expansively and facilitate these Change-Lab processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-36
JournalEuropean Journal of University Lifelong Living
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2023

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