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Learning through action, shared knowledge and reflection, rather than instruction

Rather than pursuing traditional education methods, three nursing homes in rural Victoria have taken part in workshops that focus on valuing the participants’ knowledge, facilitating them to share their reflections with each other, as part of a study into action learning in aged care.

The project, funded by a Commonwealth Government Rural Education Grant, was based on My Home Life, a United Kingdom program that aims to promote quality of life and deliver positive change in care homes.

Having explored how action learning has enhanced care in homes in the UK, study lead Wendy Penney, who conducted the research while at Federation University, Australia, said she was keen to develop this approach in aged care as an alternative to managing change.

Aged Care Insite sat down with Penney to find out more about action learning and whether it should be rolled out across more Australian aged care facilities.

Penney is continuing work in this area and can be contacted via email.

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