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ERIC Number: EJ982134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar-26
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Educational Supervisors' Metaphorical Roots of Beliefs about Teaching and Learning
Buaraphan, Khajornsak
Educational Research and Reviews, v7 n12 p282-291 Mar 2012
Beliefs are a complex psychological construct that have potential to drive a person to make decisions and act. A person's metaphors can serve as roots of their beliefs. In this study, the metaphor construction task (MCT) was utilized to uncover beliefs about teaching and learning held by 216 educational supervisors from 10 provinces in the central region of Thailand. The follow-up interview was also conducted with 22 participants to further explore and validate data. The metaphors constructed by the participants were coded and categorized and then counted for frequencies and calculated for percentages. The results revealed four favorite metaphors held by the participants, that is, teacher as gardener, captain/driver, sculptor and coach. Two dominant metaphor categories were the teacher is seen as moulder/craftsperson and nurturer/cultivator. However, about one-third of the participants viewed teacher as knowledge provider or superior authoritative figure which inclined to be teacher-centered. Educational supervisors' beliefs are metaphorically rooted and culturally influenced. The implications regarding the MCT and metaphor analysis are also discussed. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand