Growing talent for inclusion: using an appreciative inquiry approach to investigating classroom dynamics

Mary Doveston, Marian Keenaghan

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Growing Talent for Inclusion (GTI) employs an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach to improving social dynamics in the classroom. Appreciative Inquiry is a management change process which has been used within large organisations and communities but less commonly at classroom level (Cooperrider, Whitney & Stavros, 2003; Egan & Lancaster, 2005; Ludema, Cooperrider & Barrett, 2001). This paper outlines the principles and process of Appreciative Inquiry, discusses how these were applied in the Growing Talent for Inclusion (GTI) project and reflects on the methodological issues that arise from this type of action research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-165
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Research in Special Educational Needs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006



  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Solution Focused Thinking
  • Action Research
  • co-researching
  • social dynamics
  • inclusion.

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