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The Development of Coaches Survey: II. Challenge, Autonomy and Support

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In seeking to make sense of results obtained from our initial analysis of responses to these three Development of Coaching questions, we turn first to a comparison between the two surveys that were conducted, then turn to themes that emerge from the three questions that are the focus of this second article.

Comparison Between Two Surveys

As we found when reporting on results in our first article, there is often a high level of concurrance in the means scores for the two studies. Not only are the mean scores quite similar, the rank order of means for all three studies are similar. Even the variance scores are similar with regard to both amount of variance in responses to a specific item and the rank order of the variance scores for each item.

The one striking difference in results from the two studies concerns the variance scores for one of the Question Two responses: “Discuss the problem with a more experienced colleague.” The variance score for the first study was 1.32 and it ranked ninth, whereas the variance score for the second study was 2.08 and it ranked first. This suggests that turning to other colleagues is much more controversial for respondents to the second study than for respondents to the first. I look forward to exploring differences to this item with regard to several of the demographic variables (that might contribute to differences in results from the two studies). Are coaches with extensive experience more likely or less likely to turn to colleagues than coaches with less experience? What about gender, age or cultural background? These are important factors to consider when looking at differences in variance scores.

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One Comment

  1. Rey Carr

    December 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    The best part of this report of the results of these two surveys is the discussion of the concepts. Such discussion is valuable regardless of the reliability or validity of the results (or evidence).

    Unfortunately, the methodology section is missing the most important aspect of methodology: how were each of the surveys distributed and what was the rate of return. If, as I suspect, this was an Internet-based survey, then the results have an exceptionally low chance of being either reliable or valid. That is, the likelihood that they reflect the “coaching industry” or “a typical coach” is incredibly small. Thus, conclusions based on the results are suspect.

    But there’s the point. The discussion itself has its own reliability and validity independent of the survey. The points made are worthy of continuing discussion regardless of the surveys.


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