ERIC Number: ED347663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Obscuring Problem Definition: Changing Metaphors, Choice and Educational Policy.
Westbrook, Kathleen C.; Seay, Billy M.
Issues in the current discussions surrounding educational choice are discussed in this paper, which examines several underlying assumptions through an analysis of selected metaphorical constructs in a selective review of the choice literature. A conclusion is that the rhetorical power of choice is based on imprecise, limited, and ambiguous metaphors for excellence, effectiveness, science, expertise, productivity, selection, and finally, choice itself. The power of choice is derived from its mythological status. Elevating stories through metaphorical transformations to the level of myth obscures reality and diverts attention from the difficult act of true change. Given the realities of practical implementation, choice systems cannot function as the in-use metaphors and their advocates imply. (50 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).