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Metaphors we teach by: A method for mapping metaphorical lay theories

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Flusberg, SJ; Hard, BM
Published in: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, Cogsci 2019
January 1, 2019

People frequently use metaphors to communicate and reason about complex topics. However, many studies of metaphorical reasoning exclusively rely on researcher intuitions about different metaphors and their associated entailments. Here we describe a more principled method for mapping the structure of metaphorical lay theories, focusing on metaphors for teaching. Across two studies, we identified four common, apt metaphors for the teacher-student relationship and used factor analysis to explore whether these metaphors reflect systematically different intuitions about the qualities of college teachers. Our findings demonstrate that (1) people endorse a variety of different teaching metaphors, and (2) these metaphors bring to mind distinct, coherent clusters of teacher attributes. This work demonstrates a novel method for systematically mapping the structure of metaphorical lay theories and sets the stage for future research on metaphorical reasoning as well as innovative educational interventions centered on shifting lay theories of teaching.

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Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, Cogsci 2019

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9780991196777

Publication Date

January 1, 2019

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316 / 322
 

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Flusberg, S. J., & Hard, B. M. (2019). Metaphors we teach by: A method for mapping metaphorical lay theories. In Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, Cogsci 2019 (pp. 316–322).
Flusberg, S. J., and B. M. Hard. “Metaphors we teach by: A method for mapping metaphorical lay theories.” In Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, Cogsci 2019, 316–22, 2019.
Flusberg SJ, Hard BM. Metaphors we teach by: A method for mapping metaphorical lay theories. In: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, Cogsci 2019. 2019. p. 316–22.
Flusberg, S. J., and B. M. Hard. “Metaphors we teach by: A method for mapping metaphorical lay theories.” Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, Cogsci 2019, 2019, pp. 316–22.
Flusberg SJ, Hard BM. Metaphors we teach by: A method for mapping metaphorical lay theories. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, Cogsci 2019. 2019. p. 316–322.

Published In

Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Creativity + Cognition + Computation, Cogsci 2019

ISBN

9780991196777

Publication Date

January 1, 2019

Start / End Page

316 / 322