A look at a small classroom in a big university: through a Metaphor, Vividly

Nikitina, L. and Furuoka, F. (2014) A look at a small classroom in a big university: through a Metaphor, Vividly. Croatian Journal of Education, 16 (1). pp. 217-234.

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In educational research literature there are two influential metaphors about learning. They describe this process as either “acquisition” or “participation” (Sfard, 1998). These metaphors have been widely used by scholars, researchers and educators. However, the students’ perspectives on learning have been underexplored. This article addresses this gap in research literature and examines metaphors about learning created by a group of foreign language learners in a big public university in East Malaysia. The findings indicate universality of people’s perceptions about learning and reveal the presence of both the “acquisition” and “participation” metaphors in the students’ images. The study considers the implications of the findings for language pedagogy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Educational metaphors; foreign language education; student-produced metaphors.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
Depositing User: Miss Larisa Nikitina
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2014 01:27
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 01:27
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/10706

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