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Appreciative Research from the Appreciative Paradigm: A New Research Model for the Social Sciences

February 2024
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For over ten years, I have taught Appreciative Research as an alternative course to the quantitative and qualitative research methods programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Communication Studies Department at San José State University in California. This essay introduces Appreciative Research as an original model of applied research in the field of social sciences and proposes a theoretical/paradigmatic and methodological framework for teaching Appreciative Research as an alternative research course for undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels at the university.


Author: Federico Varona

Federico Varona, born in Spain, has lived and taught in Central America and the USA for 35 years. He is a professor emeritus at San Jose State University, California. He has taught the Appreciative Research course at San José State University for over ten years. Now he writes about, publishes and delivers international webinars on the Appreciative Paradigm. 

Contact: federico.varona@sjsu.edu 

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