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Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force

ISBN: 978-1-118-23704-5
256 pages
July 2012, Jossey-Bass
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Praise for Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education

"Cockell and McArthur-Blair have crafted a meaningful story for educational leaders by weaving their personal experiences as Appreciative Inquiry facilitators together with a wide range of strength-based practices and positive change theory. The result is a magical book for applying Appreciative Inquiry in higher education." —Diana Whitney, Ph.D., author, Appreciative Leadership and The Power of Appreciative Inquiry

"Combining the history, philosophy, and principles of Appreciative Inquiry with detailed guidance for how it can be used in planning, leading, and teaching, Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair have tapped the depth and breadth of their substantive knowledge and skills to write a must-read text for administrators, faculty, staff, and students in higher education. Here is a book grounded in hope and many years of experience with a process that begins by recognizing what works, rather than what's missing—a refreshing and rather radical perspective." —Dr. Shauna Butterwick, associate professor, Adult Education Program Coordinator, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia

"Cockell and McArthur-Blair have delightfully woven together how Appreciative Inquiry has been applied in all of higher education with stories of people and relationships illustrating how AI brings life to organizations. They provide guidance to AI practitioners in higher education on the depth and breadth of experiences that inspire those of us in this field." —Kathy Becker, CEO, Company of Experts, Inc.; CEO, Center for Appreciative Inquiry

"This book is an inspiring and expansive guide to developing appreciative practice in higher education. It will be an invaluable resource to anyone interested in leading their college into a 'positive' future." —Judith Kamber, dean of professional development, Northern Essex Community College

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Table of Contents

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

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Author Information

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.

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