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

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Question Three. In your RECENT coaching work, how much …

a. Do you feel you are changing as a coach?

b. Does this change feel like progress or improvement?

c. Does this change feel like decline or impairment?

d. Do you feel you are overcoming past limitations as a coach?

e. Do you feel you are becoming more skillful in practicing coaching?

f. Do you feel you are deepening your understanding of coaching?

g. Do you feel a growing sense of enthusiasm about doing coaching?

h. Do you feel you are becoming disillusioned about coaching?

i. Do you feel you are losing your capacity to respond empathetically?

j. Do you feel your performance is becoming mainly routine?

k. How capable do you feel to guide the development of other coaches?

l. How important to you is your further development as a coach?

Respondents were asked to answer each of the items under each of these three questions using a five point rating scale:
0 = Not at all
1 = Slightly
2 = Somewhat
3 = Moderately
4 = Much
5 = Very Much

In future reports we will provide results from the other questions, as well as offer more detailed analyses about relationships between responses to the three questions on which we focus in this article and the other questions — including the potential differences in responses between various demographic groups and correlations between responses to various questions. In addition, we will engage advanced statistical tools (multiple regression and factor analysis) as we seek to provide a more comprehensive and systemic portrait of the respondents’ sense of their own development as coaches.

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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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