Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit├Ąt (GERMANY)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2014 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Pages: 6224-6233
ISBN: 978-84-617-2484-0
ISSN: 2340-1095
Conference name: 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 17-19 November, 2014
Location: Seville, Spain
Based on Albert Ellis' concept of Rational Sensitivity and his more famous ABC-model of cognitive-behavioural analysis, Rational Effectiveness Training was developped still in the 20th century in the USA, soon spread also in Europe, and has become sort of a backbone for various cognitive-behavioural coaching methods as methods of adult-psych-oeducation related to the workplace and to work-life-balnce. Some of the merits of approaches within this productive rational-emotive framework will be discussed, as well as some of their shortcomings which motivated, in part, the development of cre-active coaching, based on field models of situated cognition, embodied prereflective being-there, and embedded rationality instead of variants of the linear ABC-model and going beyond the cornerstones of rational sensitivity: tolerance, flexibility, and open-mindedness in the traditional senses of Albert Ellis. Cre-active coaching will be explained as a method of adult psycho-education for the 21st century with regard to its foundations not only in the continuing rational-emotive developments after Ellis but as well in modern cognitive sciences andi ancient pre-platonic rhetorics characterised by the use of "metis" and "kairos" for adult psycho-education.

It will be especially argued that cre-active coaching is a method of adult psycho-education which can enable coachees:
1) to keep calm in critical situations by fostering their stress resilience,
2) to deal effectively with high grades of uncertainty by promoting cognitive mindfulness and pragmatic flexibility,
3) to rely efficiently on one's own critically examined judgement by being rationally and emotionally prepared to catch and mould the "kairos" of a situation.

Since critical situations with high grades of uncertainty, where one has to rely on one's own judgment are rather frequent ones for teachers, it is further argued that cre-active coaching could become a valuble method also in teacher training.

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Rational-emotive, kairos, coaching, resilience, work-life-balance.