What Makes Educating Worthwhile?

Appreciative Inquiry in Education Where Students Learn Collaboratively


Robbert Masselink: I asked Wick to contribute to the second edition of a Dutch book on Appreciative Inquiry. What stood out was that Joep K. de Jong and I, as editors, didn’t have to change anything. It was well written, with a crystal clear message. During the last three years I have had the privilege to work closely with him in giving AI courses for AI practitioners. Everything that he talks about in this article on education and AI is what he practised himself in a very congruent way. By ‘living’ the principles, he showed others how to put theory into meaningful action.


Author: Wick van der Vaart

Wick van der Vaart has master degrees in Dutch literature and social psychology. In 2005, he founded the Instituut voor Interventiekunde (Institute for Interventionism) in Amsterdam. The core of this institute is a two-year program in appreciative interventionism. In 2016, he became Editor-in-Chief of AI Practitioner.Contact: instituut@instituutvoorinterventiekunde.nl

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Author: Robbert Masselink

Robbert is an independent consultant, facilitator and trainer. His interests lie in resilience and vitality in teams and organizations as they cope with the current economic situation. He (co-)authored two Dutch books on Appreciative Inquiry and currently does research on AI and shadow at the University of Humanistics, Utrecht, The Netherlands.E: robbert@keynoteconsultancy.nl

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