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Knowledge construction and personal relationship : insights about a UK university mentoring and coaching service

Hargreaves, Eleanore (2010) Knowledge construction and personal relationship : insights about a UK university mentoring and coaching service. Mentoring and Tutoring, 18 (2). pp. 107-120. ISSN 1361-1267

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Abstract

This article examines interview data from twelve mentors/coaches and eight of their clients, in order to explore a mentoring and coaching service among UK university staff. Both mentors/coaches and clients were administrative or academic employees of the Institute of Education or affiliated colleges at London University, UK. Their roles related to the administration for, or leadership of, teaching programmes as well as educational research and consultancy projects pursued by the Institute. The mentors/coaches in this Service aimed to construct or co-construct knowledge with their clients rather than to transmit advice to them. In this article, the author explores the learning of mentors/coaches and clients, conceptualizing their ‘co-construction’ of knowledge as either collaborative construction or as participation. The link is examined between the construction of knowledge and personal relationship, considering the personal relationship both of mentor/coach with clients, and among mentors/coaches themselves. Additionally, the author draws on the divide alluded to by Fielding (1996) between functional and personal. She concludes by considering implications from the findings about mentoring and coaching. Emphasised is their potential to play a subversive role within the established functional systems of an institution, if mentoring and coaching prioritise personal relationship.

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Additional Information: The article is original in that it looks at mentoring/coaching from the perspective of knowledge construction, and in particular, knowledge as participation, but emphasising personal relationship as a key ingredient in its success. Its rigour rests in the detailed nature of the interviews conducted. This is an electronic version of an article published in Hargreaves, Eleanore (2010) Knowledge construction and personal relationship: insights about a UK university mentoring and coaching service. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 18 (2). pp. 107-120. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learningis available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/13611261003678861
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 11:01
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 14:47
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