Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) as a Coaching Research Methodology

Duminda Rajasinghe

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This paper suggests that interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) is a valuable research method for coaching research. The paper positions coaching as a social activity and highlights its subjective and contextual nature. It aims to establish clear guidance by drawing on both the author’s recent research experience and others’ scholarly work. The author encourages scholars with a similar interest (phenomenology, hermeneutics, ideography) to explore IPA as a potential methodology for
coaching research. The clearly laid out guidance here on how to conduct an IPA study will be attractive to the wider qualitative
research community. The paper contributes to coaching research by promoting IPA as a methodology that helps to develop
subjective understanding within the field
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-190
Number of pages15
JournalCoaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice
Issue number2
Early online date24 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


  • coaching
  • Interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • qualitative research
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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