Extending the research agenda on (ethical) coaching and mentoring in education: embracing mutuality and prioritising well-being

Andrew J. Hobson, Christian J. van Nieuwerburgh

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a review of the evidence base on coaching and mentoring in education, to provide a commentary on literature published in the first 10 volumes of the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education (IJMCE) in particular and to offer some directions for future research in the field.
Design/methodology/approach – This review and position paper draws on the authors’ knowledge of the extant literature on coaching and mentoring in education, their own research in the field and their perspectives as editors of coaching and mentoring journals.
Findings – Among the outcomes of their review and commentary, the authors observe that coaching and mentoring research conducted to date largely occupies two separate fields, and studies published in one field frequently fail to draw on relevant literature from the other or recognise the overlap between them. The authors highlight a number of additional limitations of the evidence base on coaching and mentoring in education and offer some potential means of addressing these.
Originality/value – The paper offers an original reflection on current research into coaching and mentoring in education. It is intended that the paper will inform the design and publication of future studies in this area to strengthen the evidence base and, in turn, inform improvements to coaching and mentoring practice. In particular, the authors hope to encourage the ethical deployment of coaching and mentoring which enhances, rather than inhibits, the well-being of all participants, while realising other positive outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Ethical coaching and mentoring
  • Well-being
  • Research agenda
  • Ethical co-authorship

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