Upcoming 2017 Conference on WAL for Change

27-28 November 2017 - Adelaide, South Australia including selected virtual sites and access

After the successful Conferences in 2013, 2014, 2015 and Congress in 2016, the Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL), is presenting the 2017 WAL for CHANGE Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, including selected virtual sites and access.

GCWAL will be supported by the Action Learning, Action Research Association Inc.(ALARA) who has been organising Action Learning and Action Research World Congresses for many years both in Australia and overseas.


The 2017 Conference will involve presentations and group discussions, providing participants with the opportunity to reflect on their own practices, research and organisational projects/programmes with the concepts and practices introduced.


Speakers in the 2017 Conference include practitioner researchers and academics in the areas of Work-Applied Learning and Work-Based Learning; Action Research, Action Learning and Reflective Practice, Facilitative Leadership and Organisational Change.


Join like-minded Conference participants in the areas of Work-Applied Learning and Work-Base Learning in private, public, community and government sector organisations using Action Learning and Action Research which will be beneficial to executives, professionals, community leaders and academics.


For registration and further information, please contact

Conference Organiser

The Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL) aims to bring together practitioners, scholars and organizations committed to Work-Applied Learning (WAL) and related areas in Australia and around the world. These collaborations result in industry based research and consultancy projects, all of which will contribute to knowledge and the practice of WAL globally.

Conference Supporter

Action Learning, Action Research Association Inc (ALARA) was formed in 1991 (as Action Learning Action Research and Process Management Association). ALARA established itself as the world’s earliest action research professional  association. It was the first to mount World Congresses for this field, bringing together theorists and practitioners with novices, innovators and managers. Renamed ALARA in 2007, the association has now held 9 World Congresses in Australian and International settings, over 20 Australasian conferences, and local workshops and seminars for members and their networks.

Work-Applied Learning (WAL) incorporates the features of Work-Based Learning (WBL) and is grounded in a fused Action Research method and Action Learning process (ARAL). It is the addition of the ARAL approach which leads to not only individual learning by the managers and team learning, but also organizational learning, knowledge management and change, as managers and their teams, plan, act, observe, reflect, evaluate and validate their work based projects through the action research cycles of WAL.

Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham
Chairman of the Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning

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