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Story Matters: An Inquiry into the Role of Narrative in Coaching

M Vogel International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2012

This study explores how coaches understand the concept of narrative and work with it in their practice. Six coaches were interviewed using a method of narrative inquiry. The study found three broad approaches among their responses: story as the task of coaching; story as the content of coaching; and story in the context of coaching. The narrative perspective raises clients‟ awareness of the stories that shape their perception of reality and helps them achieve a more nuanced understanding of their situation. This provides a stronger foundation for action and decision-making but it may also be an end in itself.

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