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ERIC Number: EJ1040966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Transformative Learning through Conceptual Metaphors: Simile, Metaphor, and Analogy as Levers for Learning
Hoggan, Chad
Adult Learning, v25 n4 p134-141 Nov 2014
This article presents findings from a research study wherein participants demonstrated the use of similes, metaphors, and analogies, termed "conceptual metaphors," in response to disorienting dilemmas instigated by breast cancer. In this qualitative case study of 18 breast cancer survivors, conceptual metaphors were used in three distinct ways: (a) to uncover tacit ways of making meaning, (b) to name experiences, and (c) to imagine new possibilities. The experiences were considered transformative because the participants claimed new ways of thinking and being, leading to a fuller and richer lived experience. Educators aspiring to promote transformative learning may want to add techniques that incorporate conceptual metaphors to their (metaphorical) toolbox of pedagogical resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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