Discovering, applying and integrating self-knowledge : a grounded theory study of learning in life coaching

Griffiths, Kerryn Eva (2008) Discovering, applying and integrating self-knowledge : a grounded theory study of learning in life coaching. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Professional coaching is a rapidly expanding field with interdisciplinary roots and broad application. However, despite abundant prescriptive literature, research into the process of coaching, and especially life coaching, is minimal. Similarly, although learning is inherently recognised in the process of coaching, and coaching is increasingly being recognised as a means of enhancing teaching and learning, the process of learning in coaching is little understood, and learning theory makes up only a small part of the evidence-based coaching literature. In this grounded theory study of life coaches and their clients, the process of learning in life coaching across a range of coaching models is examined and explained. The findings demonstrate how learning in life coaching emerged as a process of discovering, applying and integrating self-knowledge, which culminated in the development of self. This process occurred through eight key coaching processes shared between coaches and clients and combined a multitude of learning theory.

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ID Code: 37245
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Campbell, Marilyn & Windsor, Carol
Keywords: life coaching, personal coaching, coaching, learning, self, self-knowledge, discovery, application, integration, process, relationship, questioning, reflecting, listening, accountability, action, responsibility, transformative learning, mentoring, self-directed learning, social learning, reflective learning, adult learning, experiential learning, transformative learning, deep learning, authentic learning, action learning, inductive learning, discovery learning, powerful learning, lifelong learning, accelerated learning, problem-based learning, emotional intelligence
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2010 06:00
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:59

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