Meaning-filled metaphors enabling schools to create enhanced learning cultures

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Abawi, Lindy and Conway, Joan M.. 2013. "Meaning-filled metaphors enabling schools to create enhanced learning cultures." Midgley, Warren, Trimmer, Karen and Davies, Andy (ed.) Metaphors for, in and of education research. Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 189-206
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Meaning-filled metaphors enabling schools to create enhanced learning cultures

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1417
Book TitleMetaphors for, in and of education research
AuthorsAbawi, Lindy (Author) and Conway, Joan M. (Author)
EditorsMidgley, Warren, Trimmer, Karen and Davies, Andy
Page Range189-206
Chapter Number13
Number of Pages18
Year2013
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of PublicationNewcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
ISBN9781443843980
Abstract

It is interesting to speculate on metaphor as an instrument capable of facilitating actions leading to powerful consequences. Metaphors remain in the consciousness longer than facts and therefore actions based on specific facts in one context become transferrable to another context through the use of metaphoric symbolism. Current research in schools that have undertaken the Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievements in Schools (IDEAS) improvement process indicate that collectively developed metaphor use has the dynamic power to facilitate cognitive connections across whole school communities. In so doing, schools engaged in the IDEAS process are developing and utilising significant new knowledge for whole school achievement through cultures of collaboration and commitment. This chapter recognises that when schools are constantly bombarded with the need to undertake substantial changes in practice, the utilisation of a contextual unifying metaphor is capable of assisting wide spread and aligned change processes to unfold.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
390409. Learning sciences
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© 2013 by Warren Midgley, Karen Trimmer and Andy Davies and contributors. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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