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Frequently Asked Questions > Appreciative Inquiry (AI) (14 entries)

  • 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 discovery of what gives ...
  • Where did Appreciative Inquiry originate? AI began informally in 1980 when David Cooperrider at Case Western University did a conventional analysis for the Cleveland Clinic. In his analysis he ...
  • What are Appreciative Inquiry assumptions? Basic assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry for school change: 1. In every school community something works. 2. What we ...
  • Where, how, and why we use Appreciative Inquiry? Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strength-based strategy that teachers can use in their district, school, and classroom to encourage authentic and ...
  • Does Appreciative Inquiry (AI) avoid problems? Because AI focuses on the positive and life giving forces, it has often been accused of avoiding problems. Rather, it provides an ...
  • How does Appreciative Inquiry deal with problems? Let me offer an example. If an organization is experiencing problems with cases of sexual harassment, a classical approach is to create a ...
  • Are problems always problems? Many problems are problems because of the way the situation is perceived or defined. The word crisis in the Chinese language can have two ...
  • Is Appreciative Inquiry a 'new tool' for school improvement? AI gives you a different point of view, a different way of thinking, and a different slant on strategies ...
  • How can Appreciative Inquiry be used in the classroom? AI's fundamental approach is to discover, honor, and amplify what works in a system or organization. AI can be used ...
  • What are the Appreciative Inquiry Steps? Appreciative Inquiry principles can be used to investigate ways to bring the power of affirmative thinking to the teaching and learning process.  ...
  • Does Appreciative Inquiry guarantee results? When AI is properly used, it reduces fear and increases the chances of a positive result. It will increase the chances of good ...
  • How does Appreciative Inquiry (AI) deal with seemingly hopeless situations? How often has an education visioning session been shut down with the comment, "we can't afford that!" or the ...
  • Why focus on the positive? Often times, we focus more on fixing what's wrong rather than on building organizations around what works well - what's positive. We ...
  • Does the IFT provide Appreciative Inquiry training? The IFT can provide Appreciative Inquiry support and training for teachers and local chapters. Contact the IFT for additional information. ...