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ERIC Number: EJ768622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0024-9033
Models and Metaphors
Ivie, Stanley D.
McGill Journal of Education, v42 n1 p11-30 Win 2007
Humanity delights in spinning conceptual models of the world. These models, in turn, mirror their respective root metaphors. Three root metaphors--spiritual, organic, and mechanical--have dominated western thought. The spiritual metaphor runs from Plato, through Hegel, and connects with Montessori. The organic metaphor extends from Aristotle, through Darwin, and joins with Dewey. And the mechanical metaphor stems from Democritus, through Newton, and links with Skinner. The three metaphors have played a germinal role in western philosophy. They have also shaped the character of educational thought and practice. Which model to choose? Your choice will depend upon the purpose or aim you have in mind.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A