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Sustaining the Journey

The Use of Data

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April 23, 2013

For the month of April, the Sustaining the Journey will focus on the Five Forms of Feedback. Each week we will provide information for you to consider in deepening your understanding of this concept.

“If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?” T.H. Huxley 1895

Page 79 of the Learning Guide reminds us, “The use of data differs with each support function:

Cognitive CoachingSM–to mediate self-directed learning

Collaborating–to develop shared meaning

Consulting–to persuade/influence

Evaluating–to document judgments”

Use of data is an important aspect of coaching. Data aid in craftsmanship. In the planning conversation, the types of data to be collected are identified. It is an essential element of the analysis process in the reflecting conversation. It provides the grist for moving from impressions to making meaning. Providing data can also invite cognitive shift.

As you coach this week, attend to how you are using data and what impact it has on your coachee’s thinking.

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