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.


Posted by Wayne Jennings at 02:05 PM