Appreciative inquiry is a strategy which takes a positive approach to organizational development. It aims to identify good practice, design effective development plans, and ensure implementation. This article examines the potentials and limitations of using the appreciative inquiry in a mixed methods research design for developing school effectiveness and care in three secondary schools in Lebanon. AI has a lot to offer in promoting participatory change in schools. As noted by Wadsworth most of social science remains stuck ‘‘in observing and analyzing without moving in action’’. AI is an effective research strategy that can assist researchers in conducting research without risking negative reactions from the participants. As a research approach, it allows for the use of mixed methods which creates great flexibility for researchers to develop a research design that suits the context. The emphasis on positive experiences can motivate the different stakeholders to participate and engage in an energetic and positive dialogue. Its relatively straightforward method of interviewing makes it easy for young people, as well as adults, to implement and apply.
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