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Editorial: Coaching psychology: quantitative, qualitative [...]
Michael Cavanagh & Stephen Palmer
We have a bumper issue of the International Coaching Psychology Review (ICPR) to start 2011. Both the number and strength of submissions is encouraging, and suggests that some good research is happening in the field of coaching and coaching psychology. It is particularly encouraging to have received a balance of quantitative, qualitative and theoretical papers. In this issue, we are also proud to introduce a new section to the ICPR - the Debate. It is our hope that, where possible, each issue will have paper raising issues of concern in our developing field, along with invited reactions to that paper. We hope that this section will stimulate wider discussion and responses from you. But we are getting ahead of ourselves….
Leading us off in a positive direction is Alex Linley and Gurpal Minhas, who report on a quantitative study into the strengths of those who report they are strong spotting strengths in others. Their findings are interesting for coaching psychology in that they suggest people who are good at spotting strengths in others are strong in making connections, enabling others and giving feedback - all core tasks in coaching.
Francesca Elston and Ilona Boniwell follow with an equally interesting qualitative study of the effects of using strengths in the workplace following strength based coaching. Participants in this study were six female executives and a grounded theory approach revealed that each experienced virtuous cycles that enabled them to overcome factors that had previously blocked their use of strengths.
Our second qualitative study was conducted by Jonathan Passmore and Lance Mortimer. They used Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis to explore the experience of 15 driving instructors who were learning coaching as a pedagogical tool in driver training. They found that coaching was experienced as a useful tool in teaching learner drivers.
Ray Elliot presents us with a theoretical paper exploring a framework for leadership coaching. His framework seeks to ensure that evidence based knowledge in the field of leadership is central to coaching efforts in this domain.
Wendy Madden, Suzy Green and Tony Grant report on a coaching intervention among primary school male students. This study looked into the impact of strengthsbased coaching on the students’ reported engagement and hope. They found that coaching improved wellbeing, and they speculate that this may indicate coaching may be a useful tool in the prevention of mental health problems.
Our Debate article this issue was contributed by Tony Grant. He focuses on developing an agenda for teaching Coaching Psychology. Responses to this article were sought from representatives of the major coaching psychology stakeholders in this debate - coaching psychologists, coaches, coach educators, professional bodies and industry representatives. They provide some interesting perspectives on this issue. If this article or the responses stimulate some thinking in you, we invite you to contribute 250 to 1000 words for the next issue.
To whet your appetites for the next issue, the Debate article will be based on Cavanagh and Lane’s keynote at the 1st International Congress of Coaching Psychology held in London last December. They discuss the changing nature of our world and the impact this has on practice, research and the status of coaching psychology as field of professional practice. Expect some controversial conclusions!
Finally, in this issue we have a Congress report plus a news update from the leaders of the SGCP and IGCP - there is much going on in the field of coaching psychology, but we will let you read this for yourself.
We commend this issue to you and look forward to a great 2011 for coaching psychology.
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