Clean Research Events
Sunday 8 June 2014, London
The first-ever "research stream" was held at the 6th Annual Clean Conference organised by Wendy Sullivan of the Clean Change Company and Jackie Caulderwood. The event highlighted the range of clean-based research being undertaken using a novel 'sandbox' format.
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Monday 8 June 2015, London
The second "research stream" was held at the 7th Annual Clean
Conference organised by Wendy Sullivan of the Clean Change Company.
The four presenters were (in alphabetical order):
How to analyse meaty client reflections that have a PhD Supervisor stumped
Karen Hanley is a PhD candidate at Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK. The working title of her research is: ‘Thinking
about retirement – or being effectively engaged in the labour market?
The factors that influence employment choices for older employees (60+)
in Denmark’ For more about Karen and her research, see here.
this session we will focus in on one aspect of this research project:
an aspect that poses a conundrum to many Clean researchers and
interviewers, whether or not they are engaged in formal research.
many instances, when one interviews someone Clean/Cleanishly and models
what they say, they respond by reflecting deeply on their experience.
This can result in answers that are very rich, but how can a researcher
analyse and report concisely on those responses, while staying as Clean
as possible and not losing the richness, especially when they have a
number of interviewees, each offering rich answers?
is no ‘right’ answer to this question and after setting the scene and
offering a few comments on the way Karen thought before beginning the
project that she would analyse all the data, she will set up an activity
in which everyone will have the opportunity to engage with real data
from real interviews to come up with ideas on how it could be analysed
and reported upon.
Dr Konrad Juszczyk
Researching gestures in Clean coaching sessions
Dr Konrad Juzzczyk is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psycholinguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland, (http://ij.amu.edu.pl/konrad-juszczyk/) and is a researcher of interpersonal communication and metaphor. He is
currently visiting the University of Dundee for 18 months to continue
his work in the area of metaphor and multimodal communication. Among
other things, he wants to develop methods for the identification and
interpretation of metaphors in words, gestures and pictures, and to see
how occurrences of metaphors are linked to mimicry in coaching sessions
(repeating of client’s words and gestures). For his research, Konrad
has video and audio-recorded almost 100 Clean Language sessions, and his
detailed analysis of the recorded verbal and gestural metaphors in
those sessions, thought to be unprecedented in scientific enterprise,
may well be useful for Clean Language practitioners. For more, see
is also a coach and an active member of the Polish community of Clean
Language practitioners and the International Coaching Federation charter
in Poland. For more, see here.
this session, Konrad will focus on gesture and mimicry (parrot-phrasing
and parallel gesturing). Participants will learn some distinctions for
analysing gestures in Clean Language coaching sessions and will be
guided through some possible interpretations of multimodal metaphors
within the conceptual theory of metaphor (Lakoff and Johnson).
session will feature a mix of hands-on activities and input from
Konrad, such that we leave the session with an enhanced ability to spot
multimodal metaphors and an increased awareness of metaphors’ impact on
the Clean change process.
Rating the Cleanness of interviews
is a supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapist who also provides
coaching and coach supervision to businesses and consultancy to a wide
range of organisations. James co-authored the first major peer-reviewed
article (in the British Journal of Management) of the contribution
Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling can make to qualitative research,
and has developed the first methodology for assessing the ‘cleanness’ of
research interviews which helps to assesses the authenticity of the data collected and the rigor of the research. He is currently supporting five PhD students who
are applying these methods. cleanlanguage.co.uk
James and Dr Susie Linder-Pelz have devised an innovative triad-based research project to discover (a) how coaching
clients experience and evaluate coaching, and (b) how that compares or
contrasts with the assessment of the coaches and an expert observer. Both parts of the project examine the value of Clean Language as an interview methodology.
James will share the 'cleanness rating' methodology he has
developed with us. Since having a protocol for validating the cleanness
of interviews will often be will a key way to establish the rigor of a research study, it could make a major contribution to anyone using interviewing as part of their qualitative research. Participants will get to ‘road-test’ the
protocol which has as a by-product hones the ability to distinguish cleanness –
or the lack of it. This session will therefore be of interest even to those not engaged in formal research.
Retrospectively ‘researchising’ data collected in the course of non-research activities
McCracken is author of Clean Language in the Classroom (Crown House
Publishing). With a long career as a classroom teacher, Julie is now a
senior coach and mentor, and develops Clean approaches for teaching and
learning – creating inclusive, interactive and happy learning
environments. Parents, teachers, coaches… anyone with a mind to inspire
learners and young people … value new perspectives they find in her
This session focuses on something that could open the doors to more of us reporting on low-key action research.
is a pragmatic informal Cleanish researcher: she has an impressive
track record for finding do-able ways to put Cleanish ideas into action
in day-to-day classroom life to enhance children’s learning. As a
result of such a process, she has accumulated data which could be of
value to others. Having not started with the intention of carrying out
and reporting on a formal research project the issue now, is how she can
present her data (established by using a Cleanish approach, which is
very new, cutting-edge and not much reported-upon) so as to get the
attention of the research community, which is known for dismissing
anything that doesn’t obey its rules, and anything that doesn’t have the
credibility of using an approach that has been tried and tested over a
long period of time.
this session, Julie will briefly present the work she has done and the
data she has gathered, and then it will be over to us to work in small
groups to grapple with the issue and suggest ways forward.