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Peter Jackson

Keynote: What is research knowledge in coaching?

Session on Thursday, Jul 4th, 14:00
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Postgraduate and research students in applied social disciplines are often required to examine and explain the epistemological and ontological positions underpinning their research strategy. Making these positions explicit is part of the process of legitimizing knowledge claims, developing criteria for the quality of the research, and (for students) demonstrating mastery of the research problem. Peter Jackson unpicks some of the confusion researchers experience, in order to make more sense of how we might use research knowledge in our practice.


Dr Peter Jackson is deputy director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University (UK). He teaches on the MA programme in Coaching & Mentoring Practice and the Centre’s professional development programme in Coaching Supervision. His research into physicality and embodiment looks at individual coaches in action in their natural working environment to explore the many ways in which the coach’s practice is inseparable from the experience of ‘being-in-the-world’. He has an interest in the intersubjective processes of coaching, reflective learning, professional development and the development of research methods. In particular, how to create robust, useful and applicable knowledge for practitioners. His coaching practice has a particular focus on the challenges of general management and the dynamics of individual change within organisations.

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