Jane Mathison's research while affiliated with University of Surrey and other places

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Neuro‐linguistic programming (NLP) – an emergent, contested approach to communication and personal development created in the 1970s – has become increasingly familiar in education and teaching. There is little academic work on NLP to date. This article offers an informed introduction to, and appraisal of, the field for educators. We review the orig...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore a contemporary European development in research into first person accounts of experience, called psychophenomenology, that offers enhancements to phenomenological interviewing. It is a form of guided introspection that seeks to develop finely grained first-person accounts by using distinctions in la...
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Addressing the need for a discerning, research-based discussion of NLP, this book seeks to answer the many questions that clients, potential users and practitioners ask, including: what is NLP and what can it best be used for? This book looks at the research and theory behind NLP, also exploring claims that it is a 'pseudoscience'.
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This article is an account of reflections drawn from a total of four explicitation interviews (Vermersch, 1994), with two people. The article has both methodological and substantive purposes. Methodologically, we explain the contribution of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in the elicitation of first person accounts through guided introspection....
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This chapter is an exploration of some of the ways in which NLP has been applied in organisational settings to enhance performance, drawing on our own personal experiences and published accounts. We give a brief overview of some of the ways in which NLP has been applied in organisational settings, ending with a discussion of coaching.
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We have acknowledged that NLP is a widespread and internationally-known field of practice. It can be regarded as a commercially successful, diverse, and eclectic system of practical knowledge. It has survived for more than 30 years, and has been an established form of psychotherapy in the UK for more than 15 years. There are copious NLP books on th...
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NLP has proved difficult to define neatly. Various definitions exist, some enigmatic, some pithy, and some apparently competing. For example, it has been described as an attitude of curiosity, as ‘the art and science of excellence’ (O’Connor & Seymour 1990:17), as ‘the study of the structure of subjective experience’ (Dilts et al 1980), and more. V...
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In this chapter we summarise our conclusions about the questions we posed in the opening chapter. Those were: What is NLP? Where and for what can I best use it? What is it based on? Where did it come from? Why is it sometimes so hard to grasp what it’s about? Is there any research behind it? How can the claims made by practitioners be assessed? Doe...
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The next aspect of the story involves NLP’s links with the psychiatrist and hypnotherapist, Milton H. Erickson M.D., and with the work of the Palo Alto Mental Research Institute (MRI). It introduces one of the underpinning streams of thought from which NLP has evolved, that of constructivism.
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After Foothill, Richard Bandler enrolled at Kresge College, the sixth college established at the University of Santa Cruz. Kresge was a radical experiment in education. Its founding provost, Robert Edgar, was a microbiologist who had become deeply impressed by the person-centred educational approach of Carl Rogers. Grant and Riesman comment that; ‘...
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This article is an account of reflections drawn from a total of four explicitation interviews (Vermersch, 1994), with two people. The article has both methodological and substantive purposes. Methodologically, we explain the contribution of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in the elicitation of first person accounts through guided introspection....
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John Grinder refers to living on a plot of land in the 1970s with Judith DeLozier, where ‘One of the amazing characters who we’ve crossed paths with was a tall, slope-shouldered Englishman by the name of Gregory Bateson’ (DeLozier & Grinder 1987:5). We have already referred to Gregory Bateson numerous times. Who was he, and what was his involvement...
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NLP is a set of ideas located in time, a particular story, in de Shazer’s (1994) terms, about people development. As Mike Pedler wryly notes, in his foreword to Dave Molden’s ‘Managing with the Power of NLP’, ‘NLP is indeed from California but it has travelled well’ (Molden 2003:xi). Since it is suggested in NLP that unconscious modelling is such a...
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What constitutes a ‘history’? The Encyclopedia of NLP, a major work, running to 1,625 large-format pages spread across two volumes, includes a section headed ‘Historical Overview of NLP’. Yet within this entry, the part that recounts the ‘history’ is a single paragraph giving a very brief narrative account of how ‘NLP was originated by John Grinder...
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Two common questions asked about NLP are, does it have any theory; and what is distinctive about it? Many NLP practitioners would probably agree with McDermott & O’Connor, that ‘the root of NLP’s individuality lies in its presuppositions’ (1996:58).1 What are these and where did they originate? Do they indicate that NLP has any theoretical basis?
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John Grinder recounts how, in the mid 1970s, after he and Bandler completed The Structure of Magic and while still in the creative, playful and experimental phase of their collaboration, they were driving together to the first meeting of a new group. Bandler stopped and went into a shop to buy something. When he came out, ‘he was laughing. I asked...
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Many people who come across NLP want to know whether it is backed up by research. ‘Even its greatest enthusiasts are hard-pressed to find serious scientific research that backs up its wilder claims’, wrote Fran Abrams of NLP in the Times Educational Supplement in 2004.1 Is this a fair comment? In this chapter we examine the research that is availab...
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People can be wary of NLP because it is seen as not academically respectable. The worlds of NLP and academe have sometimes been like ships in the night, passing each other without contact and with little awareness of the other’s existence. Stereotypes appear to be common; on the one hand NLP is seen as lacking credible theory and is dismissed as ‘p...
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As we have seen, NLP makes a number of claims about the ways in which communication can influence people. The meta-model is essentially a model of the relationship between language, and how people have constructed information about events at a level of which they may not be aware. In selling, NLP is used to influence people’s views about products a...
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This article explores and appraises Gregory Bateson's theory of “levels of learning” and its implications for Human Resource Development, with reference to issues of organizational learning. In Part One, after briefly reviewing Bateson's biography, the origins and contents of the theory are described. In Part Two, three particular features of the t...
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This article conveys a first person, phenomenological account of an experience of learning through a series of lessons in horse riding, experienced by the first author as participant. The study was undertaken in order to develop understanding of the experience of, and processes that may be involved in, 'transformative learning' (Mezirow, 1991). The...
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This article explores the application of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) as a framework through which to map transformative learning. This is original work that makes use of NLP as a methodology for inquiring into subjective experience. The authors outline issues in the theory of and research into transformative learning, introduce the field of...
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Pedagogy 5.1 (2005) 157-161 The title of this collection can be misleading. The focus is not composition research about pedagogy and teaching in the traditional sense. Instead, this book examines how we document, evaluate, and value teaching in the college setting. The editors and many contributors explicitly argue that teaching is an important for...
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In an earlier issue of this journal, Craft (2001) explored Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) in relation to a classification of learning theories. Craft also offered various observations on, and criticisms of, aspects of NLP such as its theoretical coherence, modelling, Dilts's 'logical levels' and possible dissonance of NLP's espousal of individu...
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HansonEd. Anthony. Teilhard Reassessed. Pp. 184. (Darton, Longman and Todd, 1970). £2·10. - Volume 7 Issue 4 - Jane Mathison
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Louisville, 1992. Includes bibliographical references (leaves [63]-66). Photocopy.
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This paper uses a modified version of Gregory Bateson’s levels of learning (Bateson, 2000) to review data from a case study of an arts organisation, in order to contemplate a multimodal understanding of organisational learning; one that sees emotions, aesthetics and learning as complex, interactive and interdependent. Tosey and Mathison (2008) argu...
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In this paper we outline the nature of Neuro-linguistic Programming and explore its potential for learning and teaching. The paper draws on current research by Mathison (2003) to illustrate the role of language and internal imagery in teacher-learner interactions, and the way language influences beliefs about learning. Neuro-linguistic Programming...
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Abstract This paper reviews recent developments in methods for researching first person accounts of experience, especially through guided introspection into a person’s `inner landscape’. We review the emergence and interrelationship of two fields of especial interest relevance to those using phenomenological methods in management research. These ar...

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... A similar disregard for evidence can be seen in the NLP claim that 'if it works, it's NLP' (Tosey & Mathison, 2009). With this claim any successful activity could be NLP whereas an unsuccessful NLP activity is by definition not NLP. ...
... To b e s u r e , r e s e a r c h e r s w o r k i n g f r o m a neurophenomenology perspective have proposed that the entering of the state presumably associated with Husserl's epochè consists of three stages: suspension, redirection of attention, and letting go (Depraz et al. 2003). There are also claims of unpublished preliminary qualitative evidence to support this model (Mathison and Tosey 2009). However, even if good empirical data are eventually published to show that this model retrospectively fits the lived experience of such a process, there are possible problems. ...
... There are several types of changes. We used Bateson's learning levels [23] on an individual, then on an organization [24]: ...
... The very first descriptions of NLP modelling were unambiguous and clearly relied on a process of unconscious assimilation in the same way that the participants in the research of Bandura (1977) learned through modelling behaviour towards a bobo Doll, whilst playing with toys. Research into mirror neurons provides a possible mechanism as to how it is possible to gain insights into the actions of others without going through cognitive/rational pathways of information processing, (Rizzolatti et al. 2001, in Mathison, 2007. However this method has not provided anything new in 40 years of NLP. ...
... Other notable strands of research include the use of NLP in leadership and leadership development (Churches, R. and West-Burnham, 2008;Hutchinson, Churches and Vitae, 2006;Young, 1995)*, strong and robust research into metaprogrammes and learning (Brown, 2002;Brown, 2004;Brown and Graff, 2004)* and perspectives on the use of NLP as a formal research methodology (Mathison and Tosey, 2008a;Mathison and Tosey, 2008b;Steinfield, T.R. and Ben-Avie, 2006)*. Other areas where multiple positive studies have taken place include: creativity and self-expression (Beeden, 2009;Ronne, 1998;Winch, 2005)* and NLP and e-learning (Ghaoui and Janvier, 2009;Sheridan, 2008;Zhang and Ward, 2004)*. ...
... Sachau concluded by stating how the theory, if correctly interpreted, could be useful for research and practice in positive psychology and HRD. Similarly, Tosey and Mathison (2008) intended to evaluate Bateson's theory of levels of learning because they believe the theory is "both fruitful and enigmatic" (p. 14) and relevant to HRD. ...
... This approach to modelling has been called the 'study of the structure of subjective experience' (Dilts, Grinder, Bandler, & DeLozier, 1980). Although it has been the subject of several practitioner books modelling has received little attention as an academic research methodology (Tosey & Mathison, 2010, being an exception). There are however a number of closely related academic research methods including 'micro-phenomenology' (Petitmengin, Remillieux, & Valenzuela-Moguillansky, 2019) and 'explicitation' (Vermersch, 2009). ...
... For the explanation mode known as empiricism, senses are a requirement of experience; but it seems this version of cognitive linguistics considers the senses as being of primary interest themselves. Some associate Lakoff's idea with an applied psychological movement called neuro-linguistic programming which teaches people-influencing techniques (Feldman 2007;Mathison and Tosey 2009). ...
... One of us (Mathison) has investigated the methods of a gifted riding coach (M), who appeared to be using "guided introspection" as a teaching method (Mathison and Tosey, 2008). The study was aimed at discovering more about the experience of transformative learning (Mezirow, 1991), a field that we contend can benefit significantly from a capacity for detailed and precise description of events in people's inner landscapes. ...
... NLP, her bilim ve sanat dalı gibi kendi alanını sistemli hale getiren, kendi alanının daha iyi öğrenilmesini sağlayan ve farklı alanlarda uygulanabilir olmasını kolaylaştıran ilkelere ve varsayımlara sahiptir (Doğan, 2013). NLP'nin kurucuları Richard Bandler ve John Grindler, NLP sistemini, disiplinini ve teorisini oluştururken varsayım kavramını kullanmıştır (Bavister ve Vickers, 2004;Tosey ve Mathison, 2010). Varsayımların temelinde, insan ve insanın mükemmelliği yer almaktadır. ...