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whoosh lines, strokes and metaphors in 20thC illustration

(Some twenty years ago), Kennedy, Green and Vervaeke wrote an interesting article in which they considered the history of whoosh lines and strokes to indicate actions or sensory experiences in comic illustration of the 20th Century. Their interest in this … Continue reading

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Visual and Verbal metaphors – developmental interactions

I’m still trolling through the research on children’s use of metaphors… a lot of it is notably old (but that doesn’t always rule it out as useful!). A lot of it also seems to focus on comprehension and communication, more … Continue reading

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Some interesting comments on metaphor

There is a really wonderful article on ‘The Metaphor as a Mediator between semantic and analogic modes of thought’ from 1978, by Brenda Beck (it includes replies, which are also interesting). Some interesting statements/points made by Beck include: “According to … Continue reading

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A question on metaphor in development

This is an interesting question: “at what age, etc., do people adapt to new metaphor themes the fastest?” Ref: p.96 Brenda EF Beck et al. (Mar 1978) The Metaphor as a Mediator between semantic and analogic modes of thought [and … Continue reading

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The Primacy of Metaphor in Development

Robert R. Verbrugge once wrote: “Identifying the origins of metaphor is a perplexing puzzle. The assumption is often made that metaphoric language is a special competence, peripheral to the chief vocations of language and acquired relatively late in development. Support … Continue reading

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Metaphor as a barometer of our personal and communal health

“Figurative language is surely more than an intellectual extravagance. It is as much a fiber of our very being as each of the countless neurons contained in our big, beautiful brains. Most fortunately, however, comprehension of novel expression serves as … Continue reading

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Differently abled children and their use of metaphor

It’s a clunky term (‘differently abled’), but it best explains the situation here. The research I’ve found so far suggests that children with paritcular learning dis/abilities have unique relationships with metaphor (abilities/difficulties). I need to do more research, but that … Continue reading

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Metaphor use by young children

I have been researching metaphor use by young children… Annoyingly, much of the work on children’s use of metaphor seems to focus on their ability to understand and make themselves understood in the adult world (rather than on their own … Continue reading

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Primary Cognitive Tools – Kieran Egan

Kieran Egan asserts that “increased focus on students’ imaginations will lead to improvements in all measures of educational achievement, including the most basic standardized tests.” (p.xvii) His book, An Imaginative Approach to Teaching, “describe[s] some of the characteristics, or ‘cognitive tools,’ … Continue reading

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Meaning, Mediation, Metaphor: Embodied Learning through the Arts

wish I could go… Professor Susan Wright: Meaning, Mediation, Metaphor: Embodied Learning through the Arts The University of Melbourne Tuesday 12 November, 6:00pm-7:00pm Theatre Q230 Level 2, 234 Queensberry St http://education.unimelb.edu.au/news_and_activities/events/upcoming_events/dean_lecture_series/current/meaning,_mediation,_metaphor_embodied_learning_through_the_arts

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