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ERIC Number: EJ847146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Drawing on Social Justice Education: Creating Metaphorical Images to Foster and Assess Individual Transformation in Preservice Teacher Education
Reed, Judith
Multicultural Education, v16 n3 p51-54 Spr 2009
This article describes a metaphorical imaging activity used in World Educational Links (WEL), a graduate teacher certification program, to help future social justice educators explore their relationship with society and their sense of interconnectedness and empowerment to effect change. The author investigates possibilities inherent in the activity for helping to assess individual transformation, as future teachers come to view their mission in terms not of "just one child," not even "one child at a time," but of engaging as teacher-activists in a collective movement for social change. The activity was adapted in order to study the development of social consciousness among young people. This activity, which entails drawing a metaphorical image, is effective for initiating thought and conversation regarding how one views one's own place in, and relationship with, the wider society. In the WEL program, it is found that the metaphorical drawing activity appears to be a fruitful way to access some highly abstract but very crucial components in a transformative process that members of the dominant group must undergo in order to enable them to participate in meaningful social-economic change.(Contains 8 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A