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ERIC Number: EJ834862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1725
The Nature of What Teachers Know: Exploring Teacher Knowledge through Novel Scientific Metaphors
Martin, Jill Voorhies
Educational Forum, v73 n2 p112-121 Apr 2009
This essay explores the nature of what teachers know by examining trends in teacher knowledge research, specifically the use of conventional metaphors to describe teacher knowledge. Contending that conventional metaphors fail to acknowledge the complex and multidimensional nature of teacher knowledge, the author argues that novel metaphors should be used instead. The power of novel metaphors then is illustrated by introducing three new scientific metaphors that explore the true nature of what teachers know.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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