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ERIC Number: ED426437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 43
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Teaching an Old System New Tricks: Organizational Members' Use of Metaphor To Make Sense of a Pedagogical Innovation.
Shue, Laura L.; Lacroix, Celeste
Medical education is undergoing one of its most intense reassessments in a quarter of a century. The current reassessments often have focused on reevaluation of the manner in which basic science and clinical education are provided. This paper aims to identify and illustrate the processes by which members of "MWCOM" (a pseudonym), a medical educational institution, make sense of the pedagogical innovation taking place. The paper provides a descriptive/thematic analysis that lays the foundation for future work which directs attention to the complex and shifting power relationships embedded within the MWCOM culture during the implementation period of this particular innovation diffusion process. Discussing the data from an ethnographic study--a collection of interviews with 18 administrators and faculty members at MWCOM--the paper notes a dramatic emergence of the use of metaphor in the organizational members' narratives and the subsequent use of metaphoric analysis to consider the data. According to the paper, the primary metaphor to emerge from the interview transcripts was "family," with the two strong subthemes of "double bind" and "entropy." The paper discusses in detail these themes and their application by MWCOM members. The paper concludes that it is only by studying how the MWCOM members construct their perceptions of organizational life that the "critical next step" can be taken toward forging a more meaningful look at the often politically charged meaning systems that stifle some organizational members while privileging others. (Contains 65 references. Appendix A provides the interview schedule, and Appendix B presents "Foucault's Ideas on the Micro Processes of Discipline." (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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