Last week I presented the findings from my masters’ research at Oxford Brookes University’s 9th Annual Coaching & Mentoring Research Conference.
My coaching research posed the question: What is the learning experience of individuals on a postgraduate coaching training programme? The study adopted a narrative approach to analysing and presenting data from interviews with 4 students on Oxford Brookes’ MA in Coaching & Mentoring Practice, underpinned by an autoethnographic philosophy that helped to maintain the study’s focus on issues of learning, identity, culture and imagery. I also drew upon my own experiences, relating them to the study’s other findings in order to develop the conclusion.
You can download the presentation from the link below and research will hopefully be published later in the year (if you have any questions in the meantime please get in touch)…
The conference provides Oxford Brookes’ C&M students with an unrivalled opportunity to present their dissertation research findings to, and alongside, other coaching and mentoring professionals / researchers.
This year’s keynote speech was delivered by Dr Annette Fillery-Travis, Director of Programmes for the M/DProf at the Institute of Work-Based Learning, Middlesex University, and co-author with the CIPD of ‘The Case for Coaching’ (a sample chapter of which is available here). From my perspective, of particular note was Dr Fillery-Travis’ suggestion that coaches can find themselves thinking of ‘the’ client rather than ‘a’ client; in other words, considering the individual they are working with only in terms of the issues they bring with them as opposed to being a person with a rich and varied existence.
Other presentations examined the experience of coaches working with coachees’ organisationally assigned goals, and the experience of telephone coaching. PDF versions of all the presentations are available to download here.
The conference also saw the launch of the latest book by the programme leader of Oxford Brookes’ Coaching & Mentoring masters and doctorate programmes, Elaine Cox, entitled Coaching Understood. The book discusses a pragmatic approach to coaching with a particular emphasis on the role of reflective practice within the coaching process, and is intended as a resource for both coaches, clients and potential clients.