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What is Appreciative Inquiry?

“Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. It involves systematic discover of what gives a system ‘life’ when it is most effective and capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to heighten positive potential. It mobilizes inquiry through crafting an “unconditional positive question’ often involving hundreds or sometimes thousands of people.”

Cooperrider, D.L. & Whitney, D., “Appreciative Inquiry: A positive revolution in change.” In P. Holman & T. Devane (eds.), The Change Handbook, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., pages 245-263.

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    Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education - Jeanie Cockell; Joan McArthur-Blair; Marjorie Schiller (Foreword by)
    Call Number: LC1100 .C63 2012
    ISBN: 9781118097359
    Publication Date: 2012-08-28
    Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force provides practical guidance on how Appreciative Inquiry, long known as a valuable approach and process for change management and group development, can be applied in higher education and make an impact on the next generation of positive change makers. The authors, noted AI practitioners committed to the use of AI in higher education, weave together their theories, concepts, and unique stories with those of colleagues from around the world to show how AI can harness the drive and imagination of individuals, groups, and institutions. The book builds on the foundations of AI and takes the reader on an ever-deepening journey of how AI can be used to help leaders, practitioners, faculty, and organizational developers achieve new and evolving goals. Designed as both a thought-provoking and a practical resource, Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education reveals why AI is such a vital process and shows what it takes to apply AI to such tasks as planning, summits, developing collaborative teams and groups, and teaching and learning. The book gives practitioners the theoretical concepts to ground their work and links AI to the positive psychology and strengths work that has influenced educational approaches in the first decade of the 21st century.


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