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ERIC Number: EJ939942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Facilitating Reflection on Implicit Learner Beliefs through Metaphor Elicitation
Sykes, Joe
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v15 n1 p91-113 2011
This qualitative study aims to develop and evaluate a tool which can be used to help learners autonomously reflect upon their implicitly held learner beliefs, with a view to promoting language learning practices appropriate to the individual and addressing any issues of learner beliefs which may be preventing effective learning. Metaphor was selected to serve this purpose. Metaphor is now widely acknowledged as a cognitive as well as a linguistic phenomenon. This has resulted in a wealth of research utilizing metaphor to investigate aspects of the subconscious, including implicitly held beliefs. In the case of teacher training, metaphor was used to facilitate reflection, which resulted in the development of the beliefs of the subjects. It is the purpose of this study to ascertain whether same can be achieved for learners. Through the use of metaphor elicitation, written explanations and interviews it was found that the metaphors produced by the participants were representative of their implicitly held beliefs and the process resulted in an increase in perspective consciousness in all of the participants. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan