Systemic Inquiry

Systemic inquiry (Ray Ison, 2017) is a process of inquiry that requires a practitioner to think and act systemically about a situation of concern. It engages with uncertainty through a structured exploration of a complex situation with the intention of taking action to change it.


It allows us to understand a situation within its context, appreciate multiple stakeholders and perspectives.


It is a continuous process of inquiry that produces knowledge about the situation and of knowledge itself thus creating a learning system.


A change of thinking and practice along with the development of new skills is required to conduct a systemic inquiry. The reflexivity of systemic inquiry offers an opportunity to learn about learning through practice.

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