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Title: Voice and narrative : realities, reasoning and research through metaphor
Author: Packwood, Angela
ISNI:       0000 0001 3462 7379
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1994
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This study is an exploration, on a professional and personal level, of metaphor as both an object of, and a tool for, research. The methodology used is qualitative, and overall the approach is phenomenographic. The research develops through three stages. Firstly, through an analysis of the metaphors found in the discourse of students, teachers and the government, a model of metaphor has been developed and used to give a framework for the examination of metaphor as the object of research. Secondly, the model has been extended to identify the metaphors by which the reality of the research process is constructed. Metaphor has then been used as a tool of research in order to identify and analyse the metaphors by which the research process has been framed by two researchers working with the same teacher. The three key metaphors identified through this application of the model; narrative, story and voice, have been explored to consider their applicability and relevance as ways of conceptualising research. Finally the implicit metaphor by which this entire study has been framed, research as metaphysics, has been explored through a personal reflection on the reality of the research process for the researcher. The study is located within a postmodernist paradigm through an exploration of the applicability of postmodernist assumptions to this research process. Throughout the work the voice of the researcher narrates her reality contextualising the research process.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: L Education (General) ; PN Literature (General)