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Coaching and Mentoring Research: A Practical Guide

by Lindsay G. Oades, Christine Leanne Siokou and Gavin R. Slemp SAGE Publications Ltd
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This highly engaging guidebook provides an accessible introduction to research methods and the research process within the coaching and mentoring context. Starting with an introduction to the basic principles of research theory and practice, explaining why we need to do research at all, what it is, why it's important, and moving on to cover the ins and outs of actually doing research, this book provides students with everything they need to know all in one place.


Packed full of case studies, activities and hints and tips for best practice, this book throws a life belt to all coaching and mentoring trainees and practitioners looking to make the best start in their research career.   

Part one: Becoming a researcher in coaching or mentoring
1. Benefits of research: Why do research on coaching and mentoring?
2. Impactful research: How do I make my research innovative, worth doing and impactful?
3. Research teams: Who will be part of my research team?
4. Avoiding pitfalls: How do I avoid common pitfalls made by new researchers?
5. Theory of knowledge: How do I know?
Part two: Phases of the research process
6. Choosing a research methodology: How do I choose a research methodology?
7. Research scope: What is the scope of my research project?
8. Research questions: How do I shape a good research question?
9. Reviewing literature: How do I do a good literature review in coaching?
10. Research proposals: How do I write a research proposal?
11. Research ethics: How do I deal with ethics in coaching and mentoring research?
12. Feasible timelines: How do I plan and manage my research time?
13. Data collection & Analysis: What are the likely issues I will face during data collection & analysis?
14. Dissemination of research: How should I effectively communicate my research findings?
Part three: Quantitative methods for coaching and mentoring research
15. Choosing quantitative methods: When should I use quantitative methods?
16. Experimental designs: What are the different types of experimental design?
17. Survey designs: What are the different types of cross-sectional survey design?
18. Common quantitative methods: What are the common quantitative methods for coaching and mentoring research?
19. Becoming more confident with statistics: How can I become confident with the statistics?
Part four: Qualitative and mixed methods for coaching and mentoring research
20. Choosing qualitative methods for data collection/generation: Which method should I use to generate data?
21. Choosing qualitative methods for data analysis/interpretation. Which method should I use to make sense of my data?
22. Program evaluation and action research: What's the difference between a research project and a program evaluation?
23. Case study designs: Should I use a case study design?
24. Mixed methods: Could or should I use mixed methods?
Appendix A. Examples of Process, Outcome and Implementation/Fidelity Research in Coaching and Mentoring

Professor Lindsay G Oades is Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Christine Siokou is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne

Doctor Gavin Slemp - University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia