Making mentoring work: The need for rewiring epistemology

Olsson, C. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8418-5190, Cruickshank, A., orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8893-2341 and Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2017) Making mentoring work: The need for rewiring epistemology. Quest, 69 (1). pp. 50-64. ISSN 0033-6297

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To help produce expert coaches at both participation and performance levels, a number of governing bodies have established coach mentoring systems. In light of the limited literature on coach mentoring, as well as the risks of superficial treatment by coach education systems, this paper therefore critically discusses the role of the mentor in coach development, the nature of the mentor-mentee relationship and, most specifically, how expertise in the mentee may best be developed. If mentors are to be effective in developing expert coaches then we consequently argue that a focus on personal epistemology is required. On this basis, we present a framework that conceptualizes mentee development on this level through a step by step progression, rather than unrealistic and unachievable leap toward expertise. Finally, we consider the resulting implications for practice and research with respect to one-on-one mentoring, communities of practice, and formal coach education.

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