Metaphoric Thinking

Christopher Parker

My Ignite session is about using metaphoric thinking in learning environments. I demonstrate that metaphor has two parts, the tenor and vehicle. For example “my marriage is a rose with thorns.” Marriage is the tenor and rose is the vehicle. I will visually demonstrate target and domain. But also the tenor/vehicle can be considered as Domains of thought. These Domains can be Mental, Social, Intangible or Physical. Different Domains in tenor and vehicle make the bridge between tenor and vehicle longer, which makes for stronger metaphoric thinking. This is called Cross-domain mapping, a metaphoric thought process. Measuring the metaphoricity of the students’ writing using a gradient intuitive system has demonstrated higher levels of resultant metaphoric thinking. I will portray visually the gradient system.



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