ERIC Number: ED399208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Metaphoric Nature of Teaching and Learning and the Role of Personal Teaching Metaphors.
Strickland, Catherine R.; Iran-Nejad, Asghar
This paper explores how individuals develop their personal definitions of teaching and learning and how that translates into the classroom. The literature on psychological and educational research suggests that human thinking and communication are profoundly metaphorical in nature. If this is true, metaphors can play a valuable role in revealing, reaching, and reorganizing the thought processes of students, teachers, and researchers and thereby serve as a valuable tool in bridging the gap between learning/teaching conceptions (or attitudes) and learning approaches (or practices). This paper discusses how metaphors reveal commonly held assumptions about the way people view human communication, learning processes, teaching processes, the role of students, and the role of teachers. The goal is to examine how metaphors fundamentally govern existing educational processes and how restructuring educational processes must include restructuring existing metaphors and replacing them with new ones. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).