“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.” Cooperrider, D.L. & Whitney, D
It is a methodology aimed at the development of the organization based on the assumption that inquiry into and dialogue about strengths, successes, values, hopes and dreams is in itself transformational.
The process used to generate the power of Appreciative Inquiry is the 4-D Cycle:
Discovery - Dream - Design - Destiny
Discovery: The Discovery phase is a diligent and extensive search to understand the "best of what is" and "the best of what has been."
Dream: The Dream phase is an energizing exploration of "what might be:"
Design: The Design phase involves making choices about "what should be" within an organization or system.
Destiny: The Destiny phase initiates a series of inspired actions that support ongoing learning and innovation - or "what will be."
School leaders and teachers are searching for a purpose and a sense of identity. We want more than just pay; we want a ‘sense of mission’. When you believe in a professional way of doing your job you have to be able to transmit this to all the people involved in teaching/learning process.
The Appreciative Inquiry methodology helps to create our identity and to transmit our values and beliefs. Educational institutions need to be knowledge rich, adaptable and permanently changing. We need to be able to design curricula according to our student’s individual needs.