The SAGE Handbook of Coaching presents a comprehensive, global view of the discipline, identifying the current issues and practices, as well as mapping out where the discipline is going. The Handbook is organized into six thematic sections: Part One: Positioning Coaching as a Discipline Part Two: Coaching as a Process Part Three: Common Issues in Coaching Part Four: Coaching in Contexts Part Five: Researching Coaching Part Six: Development of Coaches It provides the perfect reference point for graduate students, scholars, educators and researchers wishing to familiarize themselves with current research and debate in the academic and influential practitioners' literature on coaching.

The Key Discourses of Coaching

The Key Discourses of Coaching

The Key Discourses of Coaching
Simon Western


This chapter explores the dominant discourses that underpin and shape how coaching is practiced today. The growing body of coaching literature tends to focus on the micro-practices of coaching (how to coach) and traditional coaching theory is based on applied psychotherapeutic models (Bluckert 2006; Garvey et al. 2009; Cox et al. 2014). This creates a gap in the literature leaving out the wider social, theoretical and organizational influences (the discourses) that shape coaching. These wider discourses embrace ideas such as managerialism, religious and spiritual practices, existential philosophy, globalization and the effects of the digital age. The chapter explores the dominant discourses that shape coaching and their impact on its practice. Drawing on previous research and a ...

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