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 Specific Contexts

Coaching and Mentoring in Specific Contexts

Chapter outline

  • What creates variations in coaching and mentoring practice?


Learning, development, power, directive and non-directive, performance

Chapter objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand the variety of practice in coaching and mentoring
  • Critically understand the influence of context on purpose and practice
  • Be able to use a typography of coaching and mentoring to identify and critically evaluate different forms of coaching and mentoring


This chapter is slightly different to the other chapters in this book. Whilst it takes a similar structure, this chapter considers a range of specific contexts in which coaching and mentoring take place and explores the variations in practice within these contexts. Its main purpose is to provoke discussion, thought and insight ...

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