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Appreciative Inquiry: A Tool for Transformational Learning

This paper attempts to do three things. First, it provides a summary of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and the theory supporting AI as a process for transformational learning. Second, it describes a case study using AI for this purpose. Third, it provides an outline for an experiential AI session designed to demonstrate the power of this approach.

Transformational learning is usually explained as the result of an event or series of negative experiences that lead to an individual creating a new identity. AI provides the same result but within a strengths-based context. We transform towards growth rather than by moving away from pain.

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