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ERIC Number: EJ788853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
Rereading Metaphors as Cultural Texts: A Case Study of Early Childhood Teacher Attrition
Sumsion, Jennifer
Australian Educational Researcher, v30 n3 p67-87 Dec 2003
This article revisits a phenomenological case study in which I used metaphor to explore, over a seven-year span, the blossoming and wilting of an early childhood teacher's career due to the complex interplay between a range of personal, relational and contextual influences (Sumsion 2002). Following Kamler (2001), I now bring a critical lens to my rereading of Sarah's metaphors as cultural texts that reflect the cultural storylines, positionings and practices that Sarah perceived were available to her. I argue that deconstructing these cultural texts draws attention to the limitations of discourses commonly available to preservice and early career teachers. Implications for teacher educators are discussed. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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