Understanding coaching efficacy in education through activity systems: privileging the nuances of provision

Lofthouse, Rachel, Rose, Anthea and Whiteside, Ruth (2021) Understanding coaching efficacy in education through activity systems: privileging the nuances of provision. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education . ISSN 2046-6854

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-02-2021-0036

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Abstract

Purpose –The research demonstrates the role of activity systems based in Cultural Historical Activity Theory
as a means of analysing characteristics and efficacy of specific provisions of coaching in education.
Design/methodology/approach – Three examples of coaching in education were selected, involving 51
schools in England. The three examples were re-analysed using activity systems. This drew on existing
evaluation evidence, gathered through interviews, questionnaires, focus groups and recordings of coaching.
Findings – In each example, the object of the coaching was to address a specific challenge to secure the desired
quality of education. Using activity systems it is possible to demonstrate that coaching has a range of functions
(both intended and consequential). The individual examples illustrate the potential of coaching to support
change in complex and diverse education settings.
Research limitations/implications – The use of existing data from evaluations means that direct
comparisons between examples are not made. While data were collected throughout the duration of each
coaching programme no follow-up data was available.
Practical implications – The analysis of the examples of coaching using activity systems provides evidence
of the efficacy of specific coaching provision in achieving individually defined objectives related to sustaining
and improving specific educational practices.
Originality/value – The research offers insights into how coaching in education might be better tuned to the
specific needs of contexts and the challenges experienced by the individuals working in them. In addition, it
demonstrates the value of activity systems as an analytical tool to make sense of coaching efficacy.

Keywords:Coaching, Efficacy, Activity systems
Subjects:X Education > X900 Others in Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:46928
Deposited On:18 Oct 2021 13:03

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