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ERIC Number: ED553899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-1848-7
Examining Teaching Metaphors of Preservice Teachers; a Hopeless Romantic Learns Lessons about Gardening, Romance, Protection, Teaching, and Life
Spiker, Amy B.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Wyoming
Preservice teachers hold metaphors and personal beliefs about teaching that they carry with them into their first teaching experiences. These metaphors tend to persist through challenges. This qualitative study investigates five preservice teacher's metaphors and personal histories of education through three phases; university student, student teacher, and teacher of record. The five participants, one male and four females, were asked to share metaphors, personal educational histories, and thoughts about teaching and learning through interviews and observations. Three key metaphors were found to be common in each case; teacher as gardener, teaching as a romance, and teacher as protector. These three metaphors were challenged throughout transitions and, though they exhibited subtle changes, they persisted. This suggests that metaphors and personal histories are powerful instruments in the participants' evolving identity as members of the teaching community. These metaphors related to growth, love, and safety hold potential for improving university preservice teacher education and for improving retention in the profession. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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