The Open UniversitySkip to content

Using the Interpersonal Action-Learning Cycle to Invite Thinking, Attentive Comprehension

Zimmer, Bob (2008). Using the Interpersonal Action-Learning Cycle to Invite Thinking, Attentive Comprehension. In: Luppicini, Rocci ed. Handbook of Conversation Design for Instructional Applications. Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA: Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), pp. 264–288.

Full text available as:
PDF (Version of Record) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (2MB)
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This chapter shows how the interpersonal action-learning cycle (IALC) can be used to invite thinking, attentive comprehension from learners in conversation. It explains what the IALC is, where it comes from, how it works, and why. In particular, it offers a logical demonstration that all interpersonal learning takes place within the IALC, and that all competition for dominance lies outside it – suggesting conscious use of the IALC as a desirable practice. The chapter goes on to explore linguistic factors that routinely disrupt use of the IALC, and that can hide its very existence. Strategies for restoring and stabilizing it are offered. Routine use of the IALC can have profound implications for teaching and instruction, collaborative learning, assessment, course evaluation, and professional development. These are explored.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2008 IGI Global
ISBN: 978-1-59904-597-9 (hardcover); 978-1-59904-599-3 (ebook)
Keywords: instructional systems; design.; computer-assisted instruction; education; computer network resources; educational technology
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 32563
Depositing User: Bob Zimmer
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2012 13:49
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 16:04
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU