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Metaphors are good mirrors: reflecting on change for teacher educators

Perry, Chris and Cooper, Maxine 2001, Metaphors are good mirrors: reflecting on change for teacher educators, Reflective practice, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 41-52, doi: 10.1080/14623940120035514.

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Title Metaphors are good mirrors: reflecting on change for teacher educators
Author(s) Perry, Chris
Cooper, Maxine
Journal name Reflective practice
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 41
End page 52
Publisher Carfax Publishing Limited
Place of publication Basingstoke, England
Publication date 2001-02
ISSN 1462-3943
1470-1103
Summary In this paper we discuss the use of metaphor as an educative tool for reflection. In the instance of this paper we use metaphor to reflect on the personal images of change that were used by some women teacher educators to make sense of their professional lives and practices over the last decade. This last decade in teacher education has seen significant institutional and cultural change. The paper discusses the strengths and limitations of the use of metaphor. The different interpretations of these metaphors illustrates how these women have used metaphor for explaining facets of change in their professional lives. The challenge of professional renewal is apparent in the metaphors in the ways that complexity, change, journeys, and movement are indicated. Reflection on change in professional practice needs to be continuous. Use of metaphor in the way described in this paper encourages that ongoing process.
Notes This is an electronic version of an article published in Perry, Chris and Cooper, Maxine 2001-02, Metaphors are good mirrors: reflecting on change for teacher educators, Reflective practice, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 41-52. Reflective practice is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/ with the open URL of your article http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/14623940120035514
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14623940120035514
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001020

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