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Does Coaching Make a Difference: A Comparitative Study on How Students Perceive Their English Learning
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the 1830s, students at Oxford University began using the word coach as a slang expression for a tutor who carried a student through an exam (Coach, 2011). Nowadays, the word is seen as a metaphor for a person supporting another person to achieve an imagined goal (Johansson & Wahlund, 2009). Hilmarsson (2006) says that everyone acts as a coach from time to time, and Strandberg (2009) argues students in Sweden today want to be coached. However, it is hard to find schools where they claim they practice coaching. Because the word coach is ubiquitously used, many who today work with coaching are in fact inappropriately trained (Grant, 2010; Williams, 2008). Thus, by using a questionnaire as well as interviewing two students and a coach, I wanted to investigate whether coaching made any difference to how students perceived their English learning. 63 students and one coaching teacher participated in this study, where the findings demonstrated that there were other aspects which had a higher impact on students‟ perceptions of their English learning than the terminology used to describe the educational method practiced in their particular school.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , p. 46
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LÄRARUTBILDNINGEN
Keywords [en]
coaching, comparative study, mentoring, students perceptions of English learning
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-13071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-13071DiVA, id: diva2:445038
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Education
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2012-01-23 Created: 2011-10-01 Last updated: 2019-08-15Bibliographically approved

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