Playing to our strengths: An Appreciative Inquiry approach to appraisal

  • Debbie Ryder
  • Teresa Huggins
  • Shelley Sugrue



Appraisal processes are a requirement for professionals working in the education sector. Often appraisal processes do not focus on strengths, rather, it becomes a process of meeting pre-determined requirements. This article takes a strength-based approach to appraisal and discusses a study which pilots the use of an Appreciative Growth Cycle process. The study focused on the growth of future professional practice within an organisational team. An Appreciative Inquiry methodology (Cooperrider & Srivastva, 1987) guided the study. The purpose of the study was to trial the feasibility and application of the Appreciative Growth Cycle process for its possible use across a wider organisational context. The research question therefore that drove the study was: In what ways might the use of an Appreciative Growth Cycle process be applied within a wider organisational context? 


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How to Cite
Ryder, D., Huggins, T., & Sugrue, S. (2024). Playing to our strengths: An Appreciative Inquiry approach to appraisal. Teachers’ Work, 21(1), 22-31.
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