The Past, Present and Future of Coaching, with an Emphasis on Coaching in Schools

The Past, Present and Future of Coaching, with an Emphasis on Coaching in Schools

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The Socratic Method is still used to this day in multiple arenas including education and therapy. Meanwhile offering a non-directive ‘listening ear’ and drawing out a relative stranger with open questions has always been an established part of the human experience: just consider a hairdresser. We quickly realise they use gentle questioning to build rapport and help you work out what you want: ‘How do you want it to look?’ ‘What’s the plan?’ ‘How does it feel?’ ‘What are you doing this summer?’

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It is a modern field in many ways, but its roots are ancient. Since the dawn of civilisation mankind has been
fascinated by the inner workings of the mind and understood that our thoughts and feelings have layers
that might be hidden from us, but can be revealed with a little help. Socrates (470-399 BC) developed a style
of questioning that sought to get to the heart and truth of a matter, exposing contradictions and
assumptions, and guiding pupils to logical conclusions.

The Socratic Method is still used to this day in multiple arenas including education and therapy. Meanwhile offering a non-directive ‘listening ear’ and drawing out a relative stranger with open questions has always been an established part of the human experience: just consider a hairdresser. We quickly realise they use gentle questioning to build rapport and help you work out what you want: ‘How do you want it to look?’ ‘What's the plan?’ ‘How does it feel?’
‘What are you doing this summer?’ Quite often people find themselves telling hairdressers (and taxi drivers) things they would not confess to their nearest and dearest. Coaching simply formalises and actualises – with goals – this essential outlet for human development.

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