Secondary teachers' conceptual metaphors of teaching and learning: Changes over the career span

Much has been written about the persistence of teacher beliefs upon entering and exiting preservice teacher education programs

Christianna L. Alger

2008

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  • Much has been written about the persistence of teacher beliefs upon entering and exiting preservice teacher education programs
  • Analysis indicates that 63% of teachers changed their conception of teaching over time
  • While very experienced teachers began teaching with teacher-centered conceptual metaphors, over the course of their careers some move toward student-centered metaphors
  • Teachers whose metaphors for current and desired practice differed identified obstacles to, and suggestions for, a better fit

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