ERIC Number: EJ881507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Making Sense of Teaching through Metaphors: A Review across Three Studies
Mahlios, M.; Massengill-Shaw, D.; Barry, A.
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v16 n1 p49-71 Feb 2010
The purpose of this paper is to synthesize findings from three studies that have addressed the conceptualization and application of the metaphor construct to the study of teachers and teaching. With respect to the perspectives of elementary and secondary preservice teachers, we specifically examined how the particular metaphors they used indicated conceptualizations of and orientations to classroom life, and how these metaphors influenced teachers' approaches to teaching, curriculum, and their work with pupils. We frame the discussion in light of the larger literature on the relationship of teachers' beliefs and practices as it relates to learning to teach and teacher education. The paper provides implications for linking the research reported with contemporary ideas for teaching and teacher preparation.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Sociolinguistics, Figurative Language, Educational Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Influences, Concept Formation, Beliefs
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