Learning. Life. Work. Conference


Enquiry | Inquiry

A track led by the California Institute of Integral Studies | CIIS


Inquiry is another way of saying curiosity and, in the hybridity of contemporary education, curiosity about one’s work and world are related and valuable to each other. Engaging inquiry can be a discrete act (a way to ask specific questions) and a way to probe larger contexts and questions. For example: What educational environments allow a question to thrive so it becomes an on-going reference point for one’s work, whether that be learning, research, cultural critique or art and design practice? Can inquiry become the framework for learning and the life of the individual? Can it support different types of learning and teaching, and how does it affect how and why one practices ones work outside academia?

Influences on inquiry are various. They may include: teachers, peer learners, other professionals, bodies of work, popular cultures, contemporary issues, a specific time in history, social action or movements, and more. So what does one need to probe and to be able to fully realize one’s educational journey or work.

Education can offer a culture of inquiry that allows one to not only further develop one’s work after formal learning, but also to better articulate it. Inquiry and articulation, like observation and reflection, are complementary actions that lead to meaning-making in learning, practice and production processes.

In exploring these ideas, this conference Key Theme will be open to scholars and practitioners from multiple fields.


Part of the conference: Learning. Life. Work. 

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an accredited university that strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the earth. CIIS expands the boundaries of traditional degree programs with transdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies utilizing face-to-face, hybrid, and online pedagogical approaches. Offering a personal learning environment and supportive community, CIIS provides an excellent multifaceted education for people committed to transforming themselves, others, and the world.

Integral Education

Integral studies are a response to the growing need to synthesize the fragmentary aspects of contemporary thought and culture into a meaningful whole. The integral outlook, envisioned by the founders of CIIS as embodying a creative synthesis of the highest values of East and West, has grown to encompass the study of traditions and experience from around the globe. Integral studies at CIIS encompass all aspects of learning: the intellectual, the experiential and the applied.

Providing an integral education for a changing world, the Institute creates and integrates knowledge beyond the confines of traditional academic disciplines. CIIS values cultural diversity, multiple ways of knowing, spirituality, a sense of community, emancipatory ideals, and ecological sustainability, developing a reflective and innovative learning community. In exploring the interplay of mind, body, and spirit, integral education connects the spiritual and practical dimensions of intellectual life. The integration of the wisdom traditions presents an evolution of consciousness that has never been more relevant and crucial than it is today.


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Other Tracks:  Living-Life | Teaching-Learning | Enquiry-Inquiry | Practice-Engagement | Academia-Work | Intersection-Integration

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