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Understanding evidence-based coaching through the analysis of coaching psychology research methodology

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Understanding evidence-based coaching through the analysis of coaching psychology research methodology. / Lai, Yi-Ling; Palmer, Stephen (Editor).

Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A guide for practitioners . ed. / Stephen Palmer; Alison Whybrow. 2. ed. London : Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 80-90.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Harvard

Lai, Y-L & Palmer, S (ed.) 2018, Understanding evidence-based coaching through the analysis of coaching psychology research methodology. in S Palmer & A Whybrow (eds), Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A guide for practitioners . 2 edn, Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 80-90. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315820217

APA

Lai, Y-L., & Palmer, S. (Ed.) (2018). Understanding evidence-based coaching through the analysis of coaching psychology research methodology. In S. Palmer, & A. Whybrow (Eds.), Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A guide for practitioners (2 ed., pp. 80-90). Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315820217

Vancouver

Lai Y-L, Palmer S, (ed.). Understanding evidence-based coaching through the analysis of coaching psychology research methodology. In Palmer S, Whybrow A, editors, Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A guide for practitioners . 2 ed. London: Taylor & Francis. 2018. p. 80-90 https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315820217

Author

Lai, Yi-Ling ; Palmer, Stephen (Editor). / Understanding evidence-based coaching through the analysis of coaching psychology research methodology. Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A guide for practitioners . editor / Stephen Palmer ; Alison Whybrow. 2. ed. London : Taylor & Francis, 2018. pp. 80-90

Bibtex

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