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ERIC Number: EJ1041223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
Metaphors That Teachers Live By: A Cultural Model of Literacy in the Era of New Literacies
Bialostok, Steven Mitchell
Language and Education, v28 n6 p501-520 2014
Bridging home literacy practices and school has been a key theme for many New Literacy Studies researchers, yet there is no clear consensus on the impact of multiple or new literacies in K-12 classrooms. American classrooms remain book-centric. Multiple literacies represent a fundamental paradigm shift in the ways we understand and enact literacy and learning, but most teachers continue to respond to literacy instruction in ways that inadequately address the complexities of twenty-first century literacy needs. While the existing structures and policies of education make schools problematic sites for enacting multiple and new literacies, one important explanation can be found in the metaphors that constitute teachers' cultural model of literacy. This study provides a metaphorical analysis of interview excerpts from classroom teachers in order to reconstruct their cultural model of literacy that I presuppose underlies their talk about bookishness. But membership in this category is determined by an ideal exemplar. Teachers' metaphors reveal a moral model that draws upon a conceptual category where bookishness serves as a cognitive prototype. Understanding teachers' cultural model of literacy and its associated metaphors offers opportunities to reframe critical conversations about twenty-first century classroom literacy pedagogy.
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Language: English
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