Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Metaphor and Edusemiotics

  • Sandy Farquhar
  • Peter Fitzsimons
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_22



As the science of signs, sign systems, signification, and communication, semiotics is integral to contemporary understandings of education, with both discourses converging in the new field of edusemiotics. Metaphor undoubtedly occupies prime space in this territory, its social dynamics impacting on communication in education, blurring the lines between what we perceive as real and what we consider mere representation.

After a brief introduction to metaphor as a semiotic modality, this entry focuses on representation and interpretation practices in education. It begins with a survey of some common metaphors about education, each suggesting something about education, yet none fully capturing its essence. The word “education” is seen as a semiotic signifier for a concept without an agreed meaning and metaphor as a way of producing new meanings as much as a form of communication.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Education and Management Services (NZ) Ltd.AucklandNew Zealand