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2018 Transformative Learning Conference

March 8–9, 2018

Oklahoma City, OK


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Transformative Coaching

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10:20 AM–10:50 AM CST
Everest A

Executive and leadership coaching have become growing areas for professional development and organizational change. Participants will learn a model that synthesizes Mezirow's steps of transformation with elements of Kolb's work into a concise and powerful coaching model. Participants will also learn, through experience, one approach to alternative perspectives as a coaching tool.


This interactive session will introduce participants to the model of Transformative Coaching, a reflective process developed by one of the presenters. Building on Mezirow and Kolb, this coaching process moves the coachee through a transformative experience leading to new alternative frames of reference. Participants will experience one powerful piece of the model, recently described in the Journal of Transformative Learning, which addresses the development of alternative perspectives. The model has proven to be successful with leaders from various organizations in the UK, and a few cases will be provided as well as a description of the on-going qualitative analysis. Participants will also gain insight into the process of applying transformative learning to particular process as in this case of executive coaching.


Corrie, I., & Lawson, R. (2017). Transformative executive coaching: Considerations for an expanding field of research. Journal of Transformative Learning, 4(1). 

Kolb, D. A. (1984). Experiential learning. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.

Mezirow, J. (1991). Transformative dimensions in adult learning. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Format of Presentation

30-Minute Research Session

Conference Thread(s)

Critically Reflecting in Transformative Learning

Primary Presenter

Ian Corrie, University of Cumbria

Secondary Presenters

Ed Cunliff, Jr., University of Central Oklahoma