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ERIC Number: EJ811898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Preservice Teachers' Metaphors of Teaching in Relation to Literacy Beliefs
Shaw, Donita Massengill; Barry, Arlene; Mahlios, Marc
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v14 n1 p35-50 Feb 2008
Metaphors are the constructs under which people organize their thinking and from which they plan their actions, including their teaching and work with students. One area of study that has not been investigated is the relationship between preservice teachers' metaphors of teaching across differing academic majors and their content area beliefs. The purpose of this study was to examine preservice elementary and secondary English and foreign language teachers' metaphors and relate their metaphorical images to conceptions of literacy. Specifically, 66 participants completed a questionnaire that solicited their sense of teaching. We employed a type-case model to analyze the metaphors. Results indicated that the preservice teachers' beliefs could be categorized into nine themes including nurturing and guiding. An association was found between four metaphors and literacy beliefs. We believe the metaphor will continue to be a powerful conceptual means and future research should solicit preservice teachers' metaphors of literacy. Teacher educators may benefit by comparing preservice teachers' metaphors with the program's conceptual framework. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A