The WELLBE project’s main objective is to improve adult trainers’ competencies to provide quality and inclusive adult learning in blended learning environments.
Training provides a 22% improvement while training combined with coaching provides an 88% improvement according to recent research. Coaching creates an appropriate environment for innate talents to stand out, for goals to be accomplished, and for visions to be realized. In its essence, coaching is a conversational activity that aims to support people to learn and develop, thereby enhancing their ability to achieve more of their untapped potential.
What are coaching skills?
Coaching skills are the qualities and actions that focus on helping individuals improve performance.
Rather than focus on deficits, coaching skills aim to pose probing questions in order to guide others toward improvement and learning through teamwork, positive leadership and strengths.
Coaching in education has been defined as:
“A one-to-one conversation focused on the enhancement of learning and development through increasing self-awareness and a sense of personal responsibility, where the coach facilitates the self-directed learning of the coachee through questioning, active listening, and appropriate challenge in a supportive and encouraging climate.”van Nieuwerburgh, 2012
This way of understanding coaching highlights how it is perfectly aligned with the purpose of educational organisations. By highlighting the “self-directed” nature of coaching, we are distinguishing coaching from mentoring. Coaching is not about teaching or sharing expertise. It is about creating the best possible environments for people to learn for themselves.
Who are we when we speak a foreign language?
As one of the participants of the Wellbe training program – Coaching skills in Practice, I was eagerly looking forward to group sessions with colleagues, hoping to exchange ideas, broaden my horizons and learn a bit more about coaching. Instead… I got much more than that. What sparked the idea for this article? The first […]
Wellbe mentoring sessions – a space for empowering adult educators to practice coaching skills in their work
In a recent mentoring session facilitated by Milena Nikolić and Adrijana Milosavljević from Koučing centar, Wellbe group of adult educators from Serbia had the opportunity to explore many interesting topics. The participants expressed a strong need for “practice, practice, practice”, aiming to shed their introverted roles by at least 1% and also put knowledge into […]