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

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chapter NINE

Social Constructionism

Sherry Harsch-Porter

Social constructionism is not a single, unified theory. Rather it describes a broad set of ideas, characteristics, and conversations. Some of these conversations overlap, and some are unique among social construction scholars (Gergen & Gergen, 2003; Burr, 2003). To date, not much has been written about social constructionism and coaching, but its focus on relationship, language, meaning-making, and narrative make it particularly relevant to coaching theory and practice. A social constructionist approach to coaching is a philosophy, a stance, and a way of experiencing the world.

Social constructionism is considered a postmodern philosophy. Postmodernism rejects the idea that there are ...

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