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South African Journal of Education

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BOTHA, Elaine. Why metaphor matters in education. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2009, vol.29, n.4, pp. 431-444. ISSN 2076-3433.

I track the influence, presence and pivotal role of changes in the understanding of metaphor, which accompanied the paradigm shift from objectivism to pluralism and relativism in education. These shifts are also reflected in the choice of teaching methodology. I argue that metaphors are constitutive of educational activities, events and processes and that they inter alia mediate foundational world view assumptions of these events and activities. Metaphor carries epistemic and ideological freight, functions as a vehicle of a world view and provides access to a discipline's assumptions about the way the world and humankind are structured.

Keywords : education; metaphor; paradigm; world view.

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