Appreciative pedagogy focuses on peak performances and successful experiences. In applying this approach, students and teachers report heightened energy in the classroom and an increased sense of relevance of content to personal and professional life. Strategies for classroom implementation will be identified.
Rosemary Reilly is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences. Her particular research interest is exploring the impact of using learning as a lever for change at an individual, organizational, or community level. As well, Dr. Reilly has presented and published in the areas of social creativity, the development of learning communities, trauma, and qualitative changes in thinking patterns as a result of collaboration in groups. Dr. Reilly employs an experiential approach to learning, while emphasizing the whole person in this process-- the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual parts of the participant. She spends a portion of her time working with culturally diverse groups in schools, social service agencies, and community organizations.
Rosemary Reilly is the 2009 winner of the Faculty of Arts & Science Excellence in Teaching Award.