ERIC Number: ED331825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Examining Metaphors in Teaching through the Use of Simile Lists.
Marchant, Gregory J.
Educational researchers have begun exploring teachers' beliefs and construction of knowledge through their use of metaphors. In this study, undergraduate (N=104) and graduate (N=102) education students were asked to respond to open-ended statements concerning what teachers, students, and classrooms were like. The subjects also responded to lists of similes for teachers, students, and classrooms by indicating on a Likert-type scale how often each simile was true. A comparison of the subject-generated similes with the simile-list responses suggested that the simile-list responses were valid reflections of the subjects' personal metaphors. A factor analysis of the similes generated interpretable constructs for understanding the relationships of similes and metaphors. Relationships between subject characteristics and similes and the caregiving construct were established. (Author/IAH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Experienced Teachers; Similes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 2-6, 1991).