Applying metaphor analysis to academic literacy research: A critical review over 30 years

Wan Wan, Sarah Turner

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Abstract

The article aims to provide a critical review of 23 studies that have used metaphor analysis to provide insight into academic literacy research over the past 30 years. It begins by summarising some of the key issues and trends that have been addressed using metaphor analysis, grouping these into two broad categories: metaphor as a methodological tool, and metaphor as an intervention tool. Methods of metaphor collection and analysis are then outlined and discussed. It is noted that an increasing number of studies in this area have identified methodological issues resulting from what Armstrong et al. (2011) term ‘the subjectivity problem’, and the article thus discusses how such issues may be resolved in future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-311
Number of pages26
JournalMetaphor and the Social World
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2018

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Keywords

  • Academic literacy education
  • Academic literacy research
  • Conceptualisations of learning
  • Conceptualisations of teaching
  • Literacy skills and metaphor analysis

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Applying metaphor analysis to academic literacy research: A critical review over 30 years. / Wan, Wan; Turner, Sarah.

In: Metaphor and the Social World, Vol. 8, No. 2, 23.10.2018, p. 286-311.

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