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The Formative Power of Educational Metaphors – David Diener

Metaphors are powerful tools that profoundly affect how we think and live. Throughout history, numerous metaphors have been used to describe the ¬†nature of education, and these have had a formative impact on educational theory and practice. In this seminar we will examine three particularly influential educational metaphors: Plato’s cave, the industrial factory, and a guided journey. We will discuss the significant educational implications of each of these metaphors and consider how they both describe and prescribe our understanding of education. We will conclude by briefly exploring a number of other educational metaphors and considering some of the practical ways in which our own educational practices are guided and limited by them.