Scientific Inquiry: rigorous investigation to discover new information
Artistic Inquiry: uses intuition and analysis of experience to discover new information
The artistic stream lends itself beautifully to the coaching realm. Having clients connect with and acknowledge their intuition and experience helps them become more fully present to their current reality. It is key in discovering and defining what they want for their future. And, interestingly enough, it is a great tool to close the gap between the two.
In my view, the scientific stream provides the underlying theory that supports the artistic stream and gives it definition and depth. Although the scientific stream does not have to be known for artistic inquiry to work, for those of us who need the “particle” level of things to make sense, scientific inquiry provides that for us.
Which way of learning and inquiry do you prefer? Do you need both for life and learning to make sense?
Inquiry Streams: Per M.S. Knowles et al’s article: An Andragogical Theory of Adult Learning. In The adult learner: The definitive classic in adult education and human resource development. Amsterdam; Boston: Elsevier. pp. 61-72