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Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Midwest Scholars Conference Indiana Wesleyan University Indianapolis Education Center 21 February 2008 Mark Eutsler Indiana Wesleyan University Adjunct Faculty Member
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it might benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 NIV
Ap-pre’ci-ate , v., 1. valuing; the act of recognizing the best in people or the world around us; affirming past and present strengths, successes, and potentials; to perceive those things that give life (health, vitality, excellence) to living systems 2. to increase in value, e.g. the economy has appreciated in value. Synonyms: VALUING, PRIZING, ESTEEMING, and HONORING. In-quire’ (kwir), v., 1. the act of exploration and discovery. 2. To ask questions; to be open to seeing new potentials and possibilities. Synonyms: DISCOVERY, SEARCH, and SYSTEMATIC EXPLORATION, STUDY.
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Appreciative Inquiry is about the coevolutionary search for the best in people , their organizations, and the relevant world around them . In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI deliberately, seeks to work from a “positive change core”—and it assumes that every living system has many untapped and rich and inspiring accounts of the positive . Link the energy of this core directly to any change agenda and changes never thought possible are suddenly and democratically mobilized.
The artful creation of a positive, shared image of the future may well be the most prolific activity that individuals and organizations can engage in if their aim is to help bring to fruition a significant future.
Organizations (and people and societies) are largely heliotropic in character -- they exhibit a largely automatic tendency to evolve in the direction of positive anticipatory images of the future.
Our objective is to nourish the appreciative soil. Creating the conditions for appreciation -- in and around the organization -- is the single most important act that an organization can engage in if its real aim is to bring to fruition a new and better future.
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Complete Part 1 of the Appreciative Inquiry Inquiry
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Advances in Appreciate Inquiry Thematic Framework
The Five-Minute MRI— Finding the Artist within You —
Pair up with someone you do not know.
Find out what kinds of experiences in the arts they have had or are having.
Ask her/him, what kind of art they s/he would create or participate in and why.
Have your interview partner complete the phrase, “I know there is beauty in my life when …”
Introduce your new arts friend.
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Conventional Approach Identify the problem Study the causes of the problem Consider possible solutions Develop a plan to solve the problem Basic Assumption An organization (organism) is a problem to be solved Appreciative Inquiry Finding the best of what exists Projecting what might be Determining what could be Basic Assumption: An organization is a mystery to be embraced
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Conventional: Have you had any bad experiences (while speaking English)? Appreciative: What are some good experiences you had while (speaking English)?
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Conventional: What are some difficult things about learning (English)? Appreciative: What had helped you improve your (English) the most?
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Conventional: What classroom exercises have been the most difficult? Appreciative: What classroom exercises have helped you improve your (English)?
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Used in both Conventional/Appreciative : Do you think you are a good (English speaker)? Why/Why not? Please give yourself an (English speaking) score: poor (speaker) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (good speaker)
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Complete Part 2 of the Appreciative Inquiry Inquiry
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry Classroom MRIs allow Appreciative Inquiry to be Generative Teaching that embrace as culture of Positive Appreciation and Fearless Exploration.
Classroom MRIs Using Appreciative Inquiry I don’t see mistakes. I only see better ways to do things. Dr. Bill Moffit Purdue University Professor of Bands Emeritus Third Director of the All-American Marching Band Indiana Music Arranger Laureate