‘The Seeing Project’ uses ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ as the primary exploration method for all workshops. This form of engagement encourages active conversation between teacher, parents and children.
Appreciative Inquiry is about the purposeful search for the best in people, in situations and in places. It invites us to explore our strengths, successes and best practices through story, to learn from them and then to use that learning to reach for our greatest hopes and dreams.
Appreciative inquiry is strength-based and possibility-orientated. It is collaborative and conversational in style, building confidence and motivation in the group. It invites us to co-create aspirational images of the future, the organisation or the place that we want – and then to apply the learning gleaned from our stories (from our own experience) to make them happen. It unleashes the positive potential within people and situations through attention and focus on their positive core.
Drawn from: ‘Appreciative Living’ by Jacqueline Bascobert Kelm pp3-4. For additional information on Appreciative Inquiry visit the Case Western Reserve University AI website at www.appreciativelivinginquiry.cwru.edu or www.AppreciativeLiving.com
Appreciative Inquiry achieves effective learning by drawing out and sharing participants’ existing strengths, successes, experience and knowledge through:
Appreciative Inquiry encourages development of participants’ innate creativity. The approach creates a learning experience that is highly enjoyable for children, teachers and parents alike. Everyone is free to express their opinions and ideas in their own language, from their own perspective, without censorship or being told they are ‘wrong’.