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Friday, October 1 • 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Practicing Appreciative Inquiry in Undergraduate Economics Education

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Appreciative Inquiry (Ai)  is a strengths-based approach to organizational development that has gained currency as an alternative to the classical deficit-based approach. There are numerous examples of its highly successful application as a tool of Organizational Development (OD). In this research study, Ai is applied to a diverse group of students in undergraduate non-specialist Economics classrooms to verify its effectiveness in the teaching-learning process. The objective of this paper to examine the pedagogical use of Ai in teaching and validate its utility in economics courses. Moreover, the specific objective is to find out challenges and opportunities when using Ai in classrooms. The approach is applied to five sections of Economics classes at Yorkville University, British Columbia Campus, Canada. Students, in each section were divided into small groups-the four phases of the Ai Cycle (Discovery, Dream, Design and Destiny) were then applied to each student group. Each group discovered their strengths, shared their dreams for an ideal class, designed a collective vision/plan as to how to achieve their objectives and started implementing the plan. It was found that Ai increased students’ engagement, confidence, attendance, commitment, and improved the overall academic environment in the class and enhanced student success. We conclude therefore that universities and academic institutions can utilize this rapidly evolving and popular tool of organizational development to positively impact educational outcomes in the classroom.

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Abdelghani Mehailia

Academic Committee/ Yorkville University Faculty, PDGIA
Abdelghani Mehailia joined Yorkville University in January 2020 as a Professor in the Program of Business Administration (BBA). From 2017 to December 2019, he served as MBA Coordinator at the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD). He served as Associate Professor from 2009 to 2019 in... Read More →

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Iqtidar Shah

Professor, Yorkville University
Dr. Iqtidar Shah is professor at Yorkville University, New Westminster campus. He holds a PhD in Economics. He has 20 years international experience at various public and private sector organizations of high repute in Greece, Oman, Pakistan and Canada as an academician, researcher... Read More →
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Shubhayu Mookerjee

Associate Faculty, Yorkville University
Shubhayu Mookerjee holds Master of Science (Economics) and MBA degrees from Virginia Tech., in Blacksburg, VA, United States. He  received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Economics from   the University of Calcutta, India, with a minor in Pure Mathematics. His  work experience... Read More →

Friday October 1, 2021 2:45pm - 3:05pm PDT
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