In her latest book, Angélique du Toit goes beyond the techniques and goals explored in most coaching texts to examine the process of coaching and the importance of sense-making for creating meaning and encouraging self-reflection. In doing this, the coaching experience emerges as a type of transformational learning, in which the individual is guided through a journey of discovery and revelation. Theories are drawn together in a fresh and original way which will cause readers to question how coaching should be defined and practised.

Dr Angélique du Toit is an academic practitioner and is involved in the delivery of academic programmes and publications related to coaching. She is also an Executive Coach supporting senior executives in their personal development in both the public and private sectors.



Chapter Objectives

  • Define constructionism and its roots within postmodernism
  • The contribution of constructionism and reality
  • Constructionism as a coaching tool
  • Complexity theory and the management of ambiguity


Continuing the theme of postmodernism introduced in Chapter 3 and the discussion on the nature of truth and reality, a constructionist paradigm contests the idea that there is a reality that exists external to us and our particular experiences and therefore the existence of an objective knowledge. Instead, an appreciation of the world is seen as being dependent on an understanding of how we as individuals shape the world internally. From the social constructionist perspective it is through the social interactions and symbolic frameworks within which we interact that we assemble our social identities. As we will see in the following chapter, ...

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