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ERIC Number: EJ1076172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2434
Exploring Metaphoric Language Use to Assess Collaboration between Educational Institutions
Newberry, Melissa; Richardson, Michael
School Leadership & Management, v35 n4 p422-440 2015
In this single case study of a school and university collaborative project, positioning theory was used to deconstruct the metaphors expressed in descriptions of roles of 23 participants. Present in the metaphors were discrepancies in understandings of collaboration that revealed ways that collaboration was inhibited as participants positioned themselves and others. Differences in expectations that emerged in metaphor suggested passive compliance, division in power, and reinforcement of limiting roles. These findings suggest that the examination of metaphors in interview data might be used as a formative assessment in collaborative endeavours, leading to productive dialogue for clarification and resolving potential conflict.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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