Storytelling is Research; Indigenous Ways of Knowing

February 2024
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Many aspects of Appreciative Inquiry support and encapsulate the culture of many different groups. For me, as an Indigenous woman, educator, scholar and professor, Appreciative Inquiry resonated with the stories and storytellers from my communities, where the Elders teach as the knowledge-keepers, and the ways of knowing and sharing this through stories. Storytelling is research, and the stories in AI inform us of our strengths and the best of who we are.


Author: Denise Henning

Dr Henning’s career in higher education that has spanned nearly 30 years in the US and Canada, as well as serving as graduate faculty in New Zealand. Denise is a proud member of the Cherokee & Mississippi Choctaw. She is director of the UNCW/3C Collaborative and professor in Education Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research spans AI, Indigenous pedagogy and leadership topics. 


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