Metaphor identification as a research method for the study of career

Abstract

In this paper, we present the Metaphor Identification Procedure Vrije Universiteit (MIPVU) for the reliable detection of metaphoric language that may be interpreted using extant vocational psychology theory. Metaphors are ubiquitous in communication and carry influential meaning for people. To illustrate MIPVU, we use transcripts of interviews with university students who discussed their experiences of student life. In addition, an adjunct software tool is used to enhance the efficiency of the method to propose metaphoric themes. The method could fill a void in the complex and rich methodological repertoire for the study of career and work.

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    Following the methodological conventions established by Lakoff and Johnson (1980a, b), small font capital letters are used to denote a source and target domain when conducting a metaphor analysis.

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Creed, A., McIlveen, P. Metaphor identification as a research method for the study of career. Int J Educ Vocat Guidance 18, 27–44 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-017-9345-2

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Keywords

  • Career
  • Metaphor
  • Conceptual metaphor theory
  • MIPVU
  • USAS