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Descriptive Inquiry at Bank Street

Over the 2016-17 academic year, Bank Street Graduate School faculty and staff participated in a school-wide Descriptive Inquiry process to examine their programs and pedagogy. As part of the process, faculty met regularly to share their practices and to strengthen their well-established programs in teacher and leader preparation, museum education, and child life. Dean Cecelia Traugh initiated this process, drawing on her extensive experience implementing Descriptive Inquiry in higher education settings, in order to help faculty reflect on their practice, improve program quality, and build organizational coherence. Bank Street's Learning Agenda Program Director, Jessica Charles, documented the process in the report, "Descriptive Inquiry at Bank Street: Building Intellectual Community while Responding to Accreditation." 

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Using Descriptive Inquiry 

Benefits for Faculty and the Organization

Learning, Structural, and Cultural Challenges

Processes for Overcoming Challenges and Growing Community

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