ERIC Number: EJ722609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Metaphors of Diversity, Intergroup Relations, and Equity in the Discourse of Educational Leaders
Henze, Rosemary C.
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v4 n4 p243-267 2005
Building on the idea that "discourse does ideological work" (Wodak, 1996), this article examines how school leaders use metaphors that convey as well as construct concepts of diversity, intergroup relations, and equity. The author draws on data from interviews with school leaders in the United States who were focusing on improving race relations in their schools. An analysis of metaphors in these interviews reveals differing ideologies of equity and intergroup relations. Based on this analysis, the author suggests that professional development programs for school leaders ought to include a critical approach to language to enhance leaders' awareness of the way discourse creates and reinforces ideologies, and to enable them to use language strategically to support equity-based reforms.
Descriptors: Racial Relations, Educational Change, Multicultural Education, Academic Discourse, Figurative Language, Administrators, Cultural Pluralism, Equal Education, Ideology, Professional Development
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Identifiers - Location: United States