Tag Archives: metaphors in education

Cell Biology

Just an aside – this is a good little book: Cell Biology, by Aubrey Stimola (Rosen Publishing, New York, 2011, part of the Science Made Simple series). It works many metaphors into the discussion, but they are all common to … Continue reading

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metaphorical and metonymical language use in children with ASD

Reviewing the literature on metaphor and metonymy usage/difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sergio Melogno, Maria Antonietta Pinto, Gabriel Levi write: “Linguistic and communicative difficulties in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are frequently the focus of experimental research. In fact, these … Continue reading

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Leadership is like tending a fire

“Leadership is like tending a fire. You unearth the embers and add the fuel to bring them to life and make the fire grow.” ~ Amelia Folaumahina, Principal of Tonga High School Science For Citizenship, p.15 New Zealand Education Gazette … Continue reading

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Metaphors in Musical Motion

Mark L Johnson and Steve Larson present a really interesting argument for the metaphoric basis to our understanding (and experience) of musical motion. They explain how our embodied knowledge of motion aids us to comprehend music in terms of motion. … 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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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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‘Autism = death’ – Mitzi Waltz on the representations of autism and normality

A really interesting article just came to the top of my pile of readings:  Mitzi Waltz’s Autism = death In this article, Waltz considers the ways in which autism has been constructed in our society – and explains how this … 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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Jason is not a slow learner

I like how Vivian Gussin Paley describes her ‘boy who would be a helicopter’, Jason. He is the protagonist of this book, because “What happens to Jason in school is the mirror of its moral landscape” (p.xi). However, as she … 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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