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ERIC Number: EJ884636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Unearthing Metaphors: Figurativeness in Teacher-Child Talk about Soil and Related Matters
Pramling, Niklas
Early Childhood Education Journal, v38 n1 p57-64 Jun 2010
This article reports an empirical study of an important but under-studied feature of learning practices with young children: the use of metaphors and other kinds of figurative language. The data consist of video-recordings of children (3-5 years old) and their teacher engaged in thematic work about soil. The analysis revealed that the teacher and the children use a rich repertoire of communicative tools of a figurative kind to carry out a number of important functions, such as describing, explaining, and visualising phenomena. Some important questions to pursue in future studies of young children's learning are proposed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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