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Narrative and Metaphor in Education
Look Both Ways

ISBN 9781138310872
Published December 3, 2018 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

Human beings rely equally on narrative (or storytelling) and metaphor (or analogy) for making sense of the world. Narrative and Metaphor in Education integrates the two perspectives of narrative and metaphor in educational theory and practice at every level from pre-school to lifelong civic education. Bringing together outstanding educational researchers, the book interweaves for the first time the rich strand of current research about how narrative may be used productively in education with more fragmentary research on the role of metaphor in education and invites readers to ‘look both ways.’

The book consists of research by 40 academics from many countries and disciplines, describing and analysing the intricate connections between narrative and metaphor as they manifest themselves in many fields of education, including: concepts of education, teacher identity and reflective practice, teaching across cultures, teaching science and history, using digital and visual media in teaching, fostering reconciliation in a postcolonial context, special needs education, civic and social education and educational policy-making. It is unique in combining study of the narrative perspective and the metaphor perspective, and in exploring such a comprehensive range of topics in education.

Narrative and Metaphor in Education will be of great interest to academics and researchers in the fields of education and educational policy, as well as teacher educators, practising and future teachers. It will also appeal to psychologists, sociologists, applied linguists and communications specialists.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 1: Looking at both narrative and metaphor in education

Michael Hanne and Anna A. Kaal

Part 2: Narrative, metaphor, and learning

Chapter 2: Honouring the role of narrative and metaphor in education

Kieran Egan

Chapter 3: You in motion: Stories and metaphors of becoming in narrative learning environments

David Baboulene, Alex Golding, Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar, and Floor Van Renssen

Chapter 4: An ecology for learning and teaching: Niches for theories within the habitat of learning

Robin Lane

Part 3: Narrative and metaphor in teaching a range of disciplines

Chapter 5: Multiperspectivity in the history classroom: The role of narrative and metaphor

Marc Kropman, Jannet van Drie & Carla van Boxtel

Chapter 6: Resonant Work: Metaphor and narrative in music, learning, and life

Margaret S. Barrett and Sandra L. Stauffer

Chapter 7: How metaphor and narrative interact in stories of forces of nature

Hans U. Fuchs, Annamaria Contini, Elisabeth Dumont, Alessandra Landini, and Federico Corni

Part 4: Narrative, metaphor and the politics of education

Chapter 8: Narrative and metaphor in special educational needs: shaping thought, discourse, and practice

Janine Talley

Chapter 9: Uneducation: Narrative and metaphor in subjugated knowledge

Sandy Farquhar and Peter Fitzsimons

Chapter 10: Education reform in Croatia: A tug of war

Ivana Marinić and Ksenija Benčina

Part 5: Narrative and metaphor in intercultural education

Chapter 11: Stories about language: Raising learners’ language awareness using metaphor

Anna A. Kaal & Sebastiaan Dönszelmann

Chapter 12: Journeys of learning: dimensions of metaphor and narrative landscapes across cultures

Martin Cortazzi and Lixian Jin

Chapter 13: Teaching for reconciliation: Insights from an augmented reality project

Avril Aitken and Linda Radford

Part 6: Narrative and metaphor in the education of teachers and counsellors

Chapter 14: Teaching as performance: Using narrative and metaphor in initial teacher education

Dorothy Morrissey

Chapter 15: Four seasons of composing stories to live by: Teaching, learning and research strategies in teacher education

Janet Dyson & Clare Smith

Chapter 16: Narrative and metaphor as two sides of the same coin: The case for using both in research and teacher development

Volha Arkhipenka and Svetlana Lupasco

Chapter 17: Narrative and metaphor in constructing teacher identity, self-positioning and coherence

Yanping Fang and Ken Mizusawa

Chapter 18: Weaving threads into a basket: Facilitating counsellor identity creation through metaphor and narrative

Sarah Penwarden

Part 7: Narrative inquiry needs metaphor, too

Chapter 19: A journey through narrative inquiry to autoethnography

Gwyneth James

Chapter 20: Lingering departures: Reverberations through, and in, narrative inquiry response communities.

Vera Caine, Sean Lessard, and D. Jean Clandinin

Chapter 21: …. And Look Ahead, Too

Michael Hanne and Anna A. Kaal

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Michael Hanne was founding Director of the Comparative Literature Programme (now retired), University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Anna A. Kaal is Assistant professor and Teacher Educator, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


"This book is a valuable contribution to the use of narrative and metaphor in educational studies. The essays are original and exhibit an impressive range in both theory and practice at every level from pre-school to lifelong civic learning."

Martin Kreiswirth, Professor of English, McGill University.

"Narrative and Metaphor in Education provides a fascinating overview ofthe many facets of the metaphor-narrative interface in educational contexts, covering as it does the interdisciplinary themes of understanding, creating identity, framing, and envisaging other realities. Its contributions demonstrate the interdependence of metaphor and narrative and their key-role in both learning and teaching processes, intercultural communication and educational policy as well as in teacher and counsellor training and in the self-monitoring of educators. Together, its chapters provide a stimulating insight into a buoyant field of educational research, theory-building and professional practice."

Dr Andreas Musolff, Professor of Intercultural Communication, University of East Anglia.