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An Exploration of the Value of Cooperative Inquiry for Transpersonal Psychology, Education, and Research: A Theoretical and Qualitative Inquiry
by Sohmer, Olga Rose, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2020, 251; 28258221
Abstract (Summary)

Cooperative inquiry (CI) is an experiential, participatory approach to research and learning about human experience (Heron, 1996a). In this method, a small nonhierarchical group of co-inquirers engage multiple ways of knowing through cycles of action and reflection to explore topics of mutual interest. Using the multipaper format, this dissertation examines CI in theory and practice to explore the value of this approach for transpersonal psychology, education, and research. After reviewing the literature regarding existing and prospective applications of CI in transpersonal psychology, education, and research the dissertation presents one theoretical paper and two qualitative studies. The first paper expands and deepens the theoretical discussion regarding the value of CI for transpersonal psychology. The second paper presents an Embodied Spiritual Inquiry—a participatory research and holistic education approach inspired by elements of CI (Ferrer, 2017; Ferrer & Sohmer, 2017)—into the nature of human boundaries within and between coinquirers. The third paper shares the process and outcomes of a CI initiated by the author exploring the experience of the authentic self. Finally, overarching themes and suggestions for further research revealed by these entwined projects are discussed. This mixed methods design (i.e., combining theoretical and qualitative approaches) advances understanding of the gifts, challenges, and mechanisms of CI in practice, while illuminating future opportunities for CI in transpersonal psychology, education, and research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferrer, Jorge N.
Commitee: Osterhold, Helge, Lahood, Gregg
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: East-West Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Social research, Education
Keywords: Authentic self, Cooperative inquiry, Embodied spiritual inquiry, Participatory research, Transpersonal education, Transpersonal Psychology
Publication Number: 28258221
ISBN: 9798557076272
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