Look in the ‘black box’ of relationships or risk denying the richness

Conference report – 1st European Mentoring and Coaching Council Research Conference, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 7-8 July 2011 The coaching and mentoring community needs more research that looks in the “black box” of relationships, said David Megginson, of Sheffield Hallam University. Mentoring research has tended to be from the positivist tradition, which relies on observable facts and on statistics and large samples. He said: “This incuriosity in relationships…gives a preponderance to what can be counted, often just offering a snapshot. “We need more longitudinal studies where people are contacted before, during and after interventions. We need to look in […]

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