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Journeys towards the professionalisation of coaching: Dilemmas, dialogues and decisions along the global pathway

Journeys towards the professionalisation of coaching: Dilemmas, dialogues and decisions along the global pathway

Gray, David E. ORCID: 0000-0002-3881-5083 (2011) Journeys towards the professionalisation of coaching: Dilemmas, dialogues and decisions along the global pathway. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 4 (1). pp. 4-19. ISSN 1752-1882 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/17521882.2010.550896)

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Abstract

The term ‘profession’ derives from the Latin word ‘profiteor’ meaning to profess. Professionalisation is the process whereby a gainful activity moves from the status of ‘occupation’ to the status of ‘profession’. Claims for professional status and the emergence of standards and awards are typical of the journey that occupations make (or attempt to make) towards professionalisation. However, some occupations fall short of the mark or, at best, become semi-professions with shorter training, less specialised knowledge; and more societal (state) control. If coaching is to become a profession it must adopt criteria such as the development of an agreed and unified body of knowledge, professional standards and qualifications, and codes of ethics and behaviour. While some of these are already completed or in development, the continuation of a growing multiplicity of coaching associations suggests that the pathway of coaching to professionalisation may be at best bumpy, and at worst derailed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coaching; professionalisation; professional standards; accreditation; knowledge-base
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 15:10
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19692

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