This is the definitive introduction to coaching and mentoring, written by an experienced and multidisciplinary team. Taking you all the way through from the emerging theory to informed practice, the book covers:  • Skills, purposes and outcomes of coaching and mentoring processes  • The many settings in which they take place – public, private and voluntary  • Coaching and mentoring’s evidence base and how it is assessed  • The professionalization of coaching and mentoring and a move towards integration. Supported by a wide range of case studies, activities, further questions and topics for discussion, this book is a comprehensive but accessible introduction. The authors take a critical approach and go beyond the basics, to support your development as a critically reflective practitioner. It is essential reading for those studying coaching and mentoring, and professionals looking to integrate coaching and mentoring into their organizations.

Coaching and Mentoring in the Learning Mix

Coaching and Mentoring in the Learning Mix

Chapter outline

  • Learning theories linked to coaching and mentoring
  • Conversational learning
  • How is learning achieved?
  • What makes coaching and mentoring affective and distinctive?


Learning, conversational learning, benefits and outcomes, the emotions and the cognitive

Chapter objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Not feel the need for pre-specified objectives!
  • Develop critical insights into the importance of meaning-making in human learning and progress
  • Develop insights and critical perspectives into learning theories and how they relate to coaching and mentoring
  • Understand the potential benefits and outcomes of coaching and mentoring conversations
  • Develop critical insight into how these benefits are achieved
  • Appreciate that contexts influence the perceptions of the benefits of coaching and mentoring


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