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ERIC Number: ED309423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 25
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On the Poetics of Narrative in Classroom Research.
Flinders, David J.
Some of the metaphors that continue to guide educators' ways of understanding classroom life and education research have conceptual boundaries and limitations. These metaphors are referred to as Cartesian in order to locate them historically and within a cultural setting. The first type of metaphor serves as a conduit of language, in which ordinary discourse tacitly generates a linear, sender-receiver model for thinking about the nature of human communication. A second is the metaphor of the autonomous individual in which the individual's behavior and characteristics are the primary sources of reason, thought, and moral authority. This metaphor shapes tacit images of scholarship, intelligence, work, and self. The third is a metaphor of technical rationality which identifies thought and knowing as an explicit re-presentation of the outside world inside a person's head. An alternative to the Cartesian metaphor is the ecology metaphor which examines the relationship and interactions between the components within a system. The primary implications of an ecological perspective rest in the evaluative criteria that this perspective brings to qualitative inquiry. (Twenty-five references are included.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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