Towards Multicultural Reflective Authentic e-Learning by Using a Visual Metaphor
Tuesday, June 24 2:00-2:30 PM
In this paper, we examine the use of visual metaphor as a tool of reflection for supporting growth towards a multicultural teacher. Tampere University of Applied Sciences’ "Multicultural Authentic eLearning" (MAeL) module is offered as part of the school’s post graduate teacher education program. The shoe metaphor functions as a symbol of continuous authentic learning related to the growth process. This study give voices to three MAeL students through reflections they did in their blogs during the module and in post-course joint reflection/summing up. The main findings of the three personal cases are examined and ideas for further development discussed. Students felt that the metaphor supported individual reflection and facilitated the formation of a collective understanding of the examined phenomenon. Visual metaphor was a thought-provoking method of self-reflection and helped in visualizing one’s identity and role within multicultural learning. The metaphor also supported formation of a virtual group.