The epistemic role of novel metaphors in teachers knowledge constructions of school reform Academic Article uri icon


  • In this article, a parallel is drawn between Steven Hawking's use of common and novel metaphors in his evolving explanation of the theory of the universe and the similar use of common and novel metaphors by educators in four school contexts attempting to illuminate their experiences of school reform storied and restoried over time. The epistemic role of novel metaphors is unpacked through examining the plotlines of the metaphors, the morals of the metaphors, the freedom of the metaphors and the teacher knowledge implications resident in the live metaphorical utterances. Through the use of self-selected novel metaphors, both Hawking and the educators merged propositional and non-propositional knowledge that was bound up in personsand communicated across peoplein deceptively simple, though infinitely complex, ways.

published proceedings

  • Teachers and Teaching

author list (cited authors)

  • *, C.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • *, Cheryl J Craig

publication date

  • January 2005