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Contextual coaching: levering and leading school improvement through collaborative professionalism

Contextual coaching: levering and leading school improvement through collaborative professionalism The research examines how contextual coaching (Gorrell and Hoover, 2009; Valentine, 2019) can act as a lever to build collaborative professionalism (Hargreaves and O'Connor, 2018) and lead to school improvement.Design/methodology/approachThe multi-case study (Stake, 2013) draws on two bespoke examples of contextual coaching in education and uses the ten tenets of collaborative professionalism as a conceptual framework for its abductive analysis. Data from both cases were collected through interviews, focus groups and documentation.FindingsThe findings demonstrate that effective contextual coaching leads to conditions underpinning school improvement. Specifically, there are patterns of alignment with the ten tenets of collaborative professionalism. Whereas contextual coaching is found on four of these tenets (mutual dialogue, joint work, collective responsibility and collaborative inquiry), in more mature coaching programmes, three others (collective autonomy, initiative and efficacy) emerge. There is also evidence that opportunities exist for contextual coaching to be further aligned with the remaining three tenets. The study offers insight into how school improvement can be realized by the development of staff capacity for teacher leadership through contextual coaching.Research limitations/implicationsThe impact of coaching in education is enhanced by recognizing the importance of context and the value of iterative design and co-construction.Practical implicationsThe principles of contextual coaching are generalizable, but models must be developed to be bespoke and to align with each setting. Collaborative professionalism offers a useful framework to better design and implement contextual coaching programmes.Originality/valueThe research introduces contextual coaching in education, and how coaching can enhance collaborative professionalism in schools. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2046-6854
DOI
10.1108/ijmce-01-2021-0019
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Abstract

The research examines how contextual coaching (Gorrell and Hoover, 2009; Valentine, 2019) can act as a lever to build collaborative professionalism (Hargreaves and O'Connor, 2018) and lead to school improvement.Design/methodology/approachThe multi-case study (Stake, 2013) draws on two bespoke examples of contextual coaching in education and uses the ten tenets of collaborative professionalism as a conceptual framework for its abductive analysis. Data from both cases were collected through interviews, focus groups and documentation.FindingsThe findings demonstrate that effective contextual coaching leads to conditions underpinning school improvement. Specifically, there are patterns of alignment with the ten tenets of collaborative professionalism. Whereas contextual coaching is found on four of these tenets (mutual dialogue, joint work, collective responsibility and collaborative inquiry), in more mature coaching programmes, three others (collective autonomy, initiative and efficacy) emerge. There is also evidence that opportunities exist for contextual coaching to be further aligned with the remaining three tenets. The study offers insight into how school improvement can be realized by the development of staff capacity for teacher leadership through contextual coaching.Research limitations/implicationsThe impact of coaching in education is enhanced by recognizing the importance of context and the value of iterative design and co-construction.Practical implicationsThe principles of contextual coaching are generalizable, but models must be developed to be bespoke and to align with each setting. Collaborative professionalism offers a useful framework to better design and implement contextual coaching programmes.Originality/valueThe research introduces contextual coaching in education, and how coaching can enhance collaborative professionalism in schools.

Journal

International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 13, 2021

Keywords: Teacher collaboration; School improvement; Teacher professional learning; Teacher development; Collaborative professionalism; Coaching in education; Contextual coaching

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