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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONISM AND COMMUNALLY CREATED KNOWLEDGE

We are born into a social world that already exists. Our particular world comes with boundaries—embedded language forms, social practices, customs, myths, fables, conceptual frameworks, and categories. These particulars are passed on through the ordinary conversations we have with the people in our lives and are habitualized into systems of thought, belief, and patterns of action (Gergen, 1999; Hosking & McNamee, 2006; Cooperrider, Whitney, & Stavros, 2005). People both create knowledge and are shaped by the knowledge created.

To say that people construct knowledge does not imply that things and events are not real or that there is no physical world. Children fall down. Friends die. People ...

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