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Images of School through metaphor: Development and Validation of a Questionnaire


Grady, NB and Fisher, DL and Fraser, BJ, Images of School through metaphor: Development and Validation of a Questionnaire, Journal of Educational Administration, 34, (2) pp. 41-53. ISSN 0957-8234 (1996) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/09578239610112123


People’s images of the world and parts of it are important influences on their behaviour in school and elsewhere. Metaphors can be used as tools to enable school leaders and others to gain some insight into these images, and “Images of school through metaphor” (ISM) is a questionnaire, consisting of 26 metaphors, which can be employed to this end. The development of ISM in its actual and ideal forms involved extensive field testing. ISM was used in a large study and the resulting data were subjected to a number of tests to assess further the validity of the instrument. Six clusters of metaphors were identified. ISM is simple, economic, easy to use and is sufficiently valid and reliable for use with teachers in schools, and its potential as a workshop stimulus appears to be considerable. © 1996, MCB UP Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Grady, NB (Dr Neville Grady)
ID Code:7461
Year Published:1996
Deposited By:Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-08

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