December 11, 2004

Metaphors about Schooling

"Movements of Mind: The Matrix, Metaphors, and Re-imagining Education," an article in Teachers College Record, describes two common metaphors for schools: education as production and education as cure. Metaphors can handicap creativity but also clarify what one actually believes. This fascinating, though long article, describes several other, possibly more useful, metaphors:
-Education as growth
-Learning as participation
-Teacher as gardener
-Education as translation
Some twenty metaphors are described and an excellent bibliography is provided in this thoughtful article. It's particularly useful in thinking about educational options.


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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 02:05 PM