Critical Appreciative Inquiry

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Critical Appreciative Inquiry

  1. 1. Cri$cal  Apprecia$ve   Inquiry   Joan  McArthur-­‐ Blair     &     Jeanie  Cockell  
  2. 2. In  this  session  Ø explore  and  engage  with  the  ways  in  which   working  for  emancipa>on  around  diversity,   power,  privilege  and  difference  intersect  with  the   prac>ce  of  apprecia>ve  inquiry   Ø Exploring  Cri>cal  Apprecia>ve  Inquiry  (CAI)  as  a   concept   Ø A  case  study   Ø Playing  with  the  ideas:   Ø Developing  topics     Ø Exploring    the  process  and  outcomes   Ø Reflec>ng  on  using  CAI  in  your  own  work    
  3. 3. Intersec,ng  Concepts  
  4. 4. Another  Case  Study  
  5. 5. An  emerging  defini,on    Cri>cal  Apprecia>ve  Inquiry  is    steeped  in  the  principles,  theory    and  prac>ce  of  AI  and  adds  to  that  the  recogni>on  that  in  some  inquiries  aLen>on  must  be  paid  to  whether  the  experience  “aims  to  help  bring  about  a  society  of  freedom  and  jus>ce”  (The  Power  of  Cri>cal  Theory.  Brookfield,  2005,  p.  8).  In  par>cular,  this  model  is  useful  when  approaching  inquires  that  have  audiences,  issues  and/or  circumstances  where  social  jus>ce  is  a  cri>cal  aspect.  
  6. 6. A  Mini  Cai   Ø Develop  a  topic   Ø Taking  one  of  the  topics   developed  in  your  group,   conduct  paired  interviews     3min.  Each   Ø What  themes  are  arising   from  the  interviews   Ø Experiment  with  wri>ng   provoca>ve  proposi>ons        
  7. 7. Reflec,ons  
  8. 8. People  working  with  these  ideas…    Ø  Cockell,  J.  and  McArthur-­‐Blair,  J  (2012).  Apprecia>ve  Inquiry  In   Higher  Educa>on:  A  Transforma>ve  Force.  San  Francisco:  Jossey-­‐ Bass.      Ø  Grant,  S.  &  Humphries,  M.  (2006).  Cri>cal  evalua>on  of   apprecia>ve  inquiry:  Bridging  an  apparent  paradox.  Ac>on   Research,  4(4),  401-­‐418.    Ø  Oliver  C.,  2005  Reflexive  Inquiry:  A  Framework  for  Consultancy   Prac,ce.  Karnac  Books  Ltd.    Ø  Others….      

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