Coaching versus teaching

The attraction of telling or dictating (traditional 'teach' model), besides being quick and easy, it provides the dictator with the feeling of being in control, says John Whitmore in 'Coaching for `Performance'.

There is yet another problem with the dictating end of the traditional management (coaching) spectrum: the problem of recall.  Quite simply we do not remember very well something we are told.

Coaching is more about engaging the learner in his/her learning, in bringing out the 'oak tree-ness' in the acorn rather than our athletes simply being empty vessels into which we pour our knowledge and information.




3 responses
This is a very antiquated and out of date view of teaching and is far from the methods that good schools use today. Teachers use a whole variety of methods to enable students to learn; guided learning, trial and error, peer teaching, research and investigation, discussion, questioning and video analysis, to name but a few. It is interesting to see that in fact, coaching, has become far more like modern teaching.
This is a debate being held in meeting and conference design at the moment, too. The speaker/audience model is being challenged (think TED, or any conference you have attended, ever). A static audience seated in rows facing the "dictator" with little engagement, save a short q&a, time permitting, is antiquated and delegates are bored of it. Whitmore might have used different vocabulary? Perhaps "lecturing" would have been a better word than "teaching"; "lecturing" has a more static definition while "teaching" and "coaching" imply something more fluid and open to development.
Good responses. Perhaps the teacher as coach more applicable.