As Chair of the International Foundation of Action Learning (IFAL) I recently attended a fascinating event about Critical Action Learning (CAL) led by Professor Kiran Trehan. As always at IFAL events, we were offered a wonderful opportunity to challenge and question our practice as action learning facilitators
Mike Pedler says that the application of ‘critical theory’ is designed to ‘help the action learner stand outside the prevailing social or organisational situation in order to see how it could be different and changed for the better’. CAL stresses the need for critical questioning and exposure of power relations within groups, of surfacing and understanding complex emotions and unconscious processes. It suggests that, in order to do this, there may need to be a more active facilitation role.