Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 487–507 | Cite as

Meta-Action Research on a Leadership Development Program: A Process Model for Life-long Learning

  • Margaret A. Fletcher
  • Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt
  • Brendan Bartlett
  • Ruth Albertyn
  • Judith Kearney


Our purpose in this paper is to contribute to the field of systemic practice by sharing a process of professional learning based on meta-action research. The process emerged as we engaged with evaluation data from a leadership development program (LDP). The aim of this LDP had been to help leaders design their team projects on poverty reduction through action research methods in six African countries. As facilitators of the program we discuss our experiential learning based on critical reflection. We explain how meta-action research can transform understandings of ways to improve professional practice in future applications. We present three process models: (1) a model of reflection on action, (2) a meta-action research model, and (3) a model for lifelong learning through meta-action research. These models may be of benefit and interest to readers who facilitate systemic practice and action research in education, higher education, communities, industry and government.


Systemic practice Meta-action research Reflective practice Lifelong learning Leadership development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret A. Fletcher
    • 1
    • 4
  • Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt
    • 1
    • 2
  • Brendan Bartlett
    • 1
    • 4
  • Ruth Albertyn
    • 3
  • Judith Kearney
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Tshwane University of TechnologyPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Centre for Higher and Adult EducationStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  4. 4.Griffith Institute for Educational ResearchGriffith UniversityMt GravattAustralia

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