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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.

See the list of speakers and their research interests at:

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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):

Karen Hanley

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

Session Outline

In 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.

In 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?  

There 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, ( 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 here:

Konrad 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.

Session Outline

In 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). 

The 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.

James Lawley

Rating the Cleanness of interviews 

James 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.

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. 

Session Outline

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. 

Julie McCracken 

Retrospectively ‘researchising’ data collected in the course of non-research activities

Julie 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 work.

Session Outline

This session focuses on something that could open the doors to more of us reporting on low-key action research.

Julie 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.

In 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. 

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