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“Appreciative Inquiry - a practical way to achieve excellence in inclusive learning and teaching”

University of Worcester
6 July 2009 10:30-14:00

The Higher Education Academy and University of Worcester would like to invite you to the above research seminar, which is part of Research Seminar Series 2009: Access and Success for All.  Details of the Series are available at:
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a positive and inspiring way to stimulate and manage change. It also provides a framework for researching or evaluating different forms of professional practice, including learning, teaching and the student experience. 
The aim of the interactive seminar will be to examine the process of adopting this approach, employing students as researchers, as a means of motivating academic staff to develop their inclusive practice. This will be achieved through sharing a pilot study conducted within an academic institute at the University of Worcester as part of a Higher Education Academy supported project, ‘Developing Inclusive Curricula’ (September 2007 – December 2008).
The presenters will share the journeys undertaken by the project team, by the disabled students recruited and trained to conduct AI, and by the whole institute as it enhanced its inclusive practice. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in AI exercises and to work through the key steps in conducting AI.



  • Will Bowen-Jones (Principal Lecturer, Institute of Sport & Exercise Science [ISES])
  • Dr Val Chapman [NTF] (Director, Centre for  Inclusive Learning Support)
  • Dr John Peters [NTF] (Deputy Head of Academic Development and Practice Unit)
  • Emma Pollard (Student, ISES)

There are 50 places available on first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Name:
Andrew Cowan
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