Rereading metaphors as cultural texts

a case study of early childhood teacher attrition

Jennifer Sumsion

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This article revisits a phenomenological case study in which I used metaphor to explore, over a seven-year span, the blossoming and wilting of an early childhood teacher’s career due to the complex interplay between a range of personal, relational and contextual influences (Sumsion 2002). Following Kamler (2001), I now bring a critical lens to my rereading of Sarah’s metaphors as cultural texts that reflect the cultural storylines, positionings and practices that Sarah perceived were available to her. I argue that deconstructing these cultural texts draws attention to the limitations of discourses commonly available to preservice and early career teachers. Implications for teacher educators are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-87
Number of pages21
JournalThe Australian Educational Researcher
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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