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ERIC Number: EJ1077338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1541-3446
Accessing the World: Adult Literacy Educators' Metaphors for Learners and Learning
Konopasky, Abigail W.; Reybold, L. Earle
Journal of Transformative Education, v13 n3 p239-258 Jul 2015
Adult educators are often part-time workers or volunteers and, as such, they must simultaneously negotiate multiple professional identities. This negotiation process may trigger conflict among professional identities, which can provide an opportunity for transformational learning. In this case study, the authors explore this conflict and learning through interviews with five female adult secondary educators. The authors use thematic analysis and metaphor analysis to explore participants' narratives of professional identity. Each participant narrates her unique professional situation with what the authors call "metaphorical improvisation," creating new metaphors or using old metaphors in new ways. Moreover, all participants use metaphors of space and boundaries to narrate themselves as providing educational "access" for their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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