Using Appreciative Inquiry in Educational Research: Possibilities and Limitations
01 February 2009
This small-scale study considered the potential application of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a research technique. The NFER team worked with two schools and local authorities in England.
- AI can be used as an evaluative technique, but its main purpose is to identify good practice, introduce and implement change.
- Implementing AI requires commitment on behalf of all participants, especially those in positions of responsibility.
- AI is not suitable for research into highly problematic social phenomena or where participants have very limited experience of the topic.
- AI could be a useful method for schools and LAs to use to bring about change.