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.
Jeanie Cockell is an educational and organizational consultant who designs collaborative strategies to surface the wisdom of individuals and groups so that they can build positive futures and respond effectively to change. Her consulting practice is grounded in her adult education background including higher education teaching and leadership roles. She travels worldwide to facilitate workshops, speak at conferences, and consult for clients. Joan McArthur-Blair is a writer, speaker, and facilitator. She has held roles in higher education from faculty to president, and every day of that journey she cared most deeply about learners, their access to higher education, and their success when there. After more than twenty-five years of institutionally based work, she has returned to her loves of writing, speaking, and facilitating, and works with groups to make a positive difference.
Foreword xiii Preface xix Acknowledgments xxi The Authors xxv 1. Introduction to the Journey 1 The Creative Journey Provocative Propositions: The Book Unfolding Emergent Design PART ONE Foundations 2. The Tenets of Appreciative Inquiry 13 Appreciative Inquiry: A Paradigm Shift Principles Methodology Doing AI 3. The Passions of Our Practice: Hope and Magic 33 Joan s Journey of Hope Jeanie s Passion for Magic Hope and Magic 4. Critical Appreciative Inquiry 51 The Inclusive AI Practitioner From Issue Focus to Inquiry Focus Topic Development Emergent Design Using Our Influence: Let s Talk Critical Appreciative Inquiry: An Emerging Model Revisited 5. Being Authentically ALIVE 75 Living Appreciative Inquiry Through Challenging Times Appreciative Inquiry as a Daily Practice The ALIVE Model Being Authentically ALIVE as a Reflective Practice Being ALIVE 6. Leadership, Possibility, and Appreciative Inquiry 91 Appreciative Leadership Questions Using the Appreciative Leadership Questions PART TWO Practice 7. Being an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner in Higher Education 109 Foundations TellMe a Story Creating an Appreciative Climate Techniques for Alternative Dialogue Practitioner Practice 8. Planning: Engaged and Inspired 125 SOAR Examples of AI and Planning in Higher Education From Process to Final Strategic Plan Final Thoughts on AI and Planning 9. Summits in Higher Education: Gathering the Force 153 Elements of Higher Education Summits First Notes on All-Institution Summits Designing a Summit for Higher Education Summits to Create Institutional Momentum Summits as Data Gathering for Strategic Planning Final Notes on the Symphony of Summits 10. Collaborative Teams and Groups 173 Appreciative Inquiry with Teams Collaborative Learning Teams Examples of AI with Teams and Groups in Higher Education Building Collaboration 11. Teaching and Learning 193 Appreciative Inquiry as a Teaching and Learning Framework Teacher as Self Appreciative Outlook in Teaching Fostering a Community of Learners Final Thoughts on Teaching and Learning 12. Leaning Into the Future 211 What If... The People of AI AI Processes Embodying AI Parting Thoughts References 219 Index 223 To our mothers: Greta Cockell and Ioleen Blair