Edited by Wan Wan and Graham Low
[Metaphor in Language, Cognition, and Communication 3] 2015
► pp. 189–212
Researching academic literacy metaphors
Development and use of the modified “What was school like?” elicitation instrument
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.