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Action competence learning process

The action competence learning process is a process for engaging in health promotion. It provides a framework that enables students to take individual or collective action. The term "action competence" means the development of those competencies (understandings and skills) that enable students to take critical action. The issue selected for action should be one that students have chosen so that it has meaning and relevance for them. Issues will emerge out of the themes or contexts that are currently being studied.

When an issue has been agreed on, students use critical thinking to explore the issue, for example, by discussing the 'Sample questions for critical thinking'.

They then engage in creative thinking to visualise how things could be or to decide what improvements they would like to see. They analyse the issue and their ideas about it to determine what is possible and go on to identify what could help them to achieve their goal (enablers) and what could hinder them (barriers). They develop a plan of action and implement it. After completing their action, students evaluate the outcome(s) and identify what they have learned from the experience (even if their original goal has not been achieved). The evaluation may reveal that there are significant environmental or social factors that need to be addressed before their goal can be realised. If this is the case, they begin the process again.

Diagram: Action competence learning process

Based on an original diagram from Tasker, 2000, page 10


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