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

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COGNITIVE AND INSTRUCTIONAL COACHING

Two methodologies important to educational coaching of teachers and administrators are Cognitive Coaching and instructional coaching. Each is grounded in research and is applicable to most teaching situations.

Cognitive Coaching (Costa & Garmston, 2002) was developed from Cogan and Goldhammer’s clinical supervision model (1969). It was designed to help administrators support teachers’ growth toward self-directed learning by applying humanistic principles in teacher evaluations. This methodology works on changing “mental models” (Auerbach, 2006)—beliefs about ourselves, other people, and life in general—to arrive at less restrictive ways of thinking. Working from the assumption that “behaviors change after ...

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