Coaching as Activity/Social Practice
Social Practices in Higher Education - A Knowledge Framework Approach to Linguistic Research and Teaching - Tammy Slater
Carolyn Kristjánsson [+]
Trinity Western University, Canada
Bernard A. Mohan [+]
University of British Columbia
This chapter draws on Mohan’s Knowledge Framework to facilitate the analysis of a coaching session in higher education as an activity/social practice. In the study, a coach interacts with a student who is making a choice or decision about a PhD program and evaluating possible options. The analysis draws on Dewey’s theory of emotion and process of inquiry as well as a systemic functional linguistics (SFL) perspective on language, with attention to reflective discourse and appraisal analysis, to shed light on the integration of emotion, inwardness, ethics and cognition in decision-making. It considers implications for coaching research as well as research on activity/social practice and points to the possibility of productive dialogue between Deweyan philosophers and functional linguists.