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.

Coaching and Adult Learning

Coaching and adult learning

Chapter Objectives

  • Define various approaches to adult learning
  • Transformational learning and the parallels with transformational coaching
  • Constructionism and adult learning
  • Transformational adult learning as a framework for coaching


In this chapter I will introduces the assumption that coaching is not only a journey of discovery but also one of learning. As is expected, learning, and adult learning in particular, is defined in numerous ways with different proponents providing varying themes and approaches as to what constitutes learning. One such definition suggests that learning can be understood as bringing about a change in the behaviour of the learner. This is based on the assumption that learning facilitates either the modification of or adds to existing behaviours. Adult learning is seen as complex and multidimensional, ...

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