Researching academic literacy metaphors

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The particular interest of the researchers has been to identify the dominant metaphorical views of literacy. We begin the chapter by introducing and describing a content-valid instrument for collecting school and life metaphors that has a long research history with cross-cultural populations and established validity. Next, we synthesize three research studies on literacy metaphors and through these studies we show our process of revising a portion of the aforementioned instrument for academic literacy. Finally we discuss conceptualizations of literacy. Specifically we align each literacy metaphor with a literacy theory and then we discuss how these conceptualizations apply to the field of adult literacy. Implications for future literacy metaphor research are provided.


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