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Validating metaphoric models in applied linguistics

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JournalMetaphor and Symbol
DatePublished - 2003
Issue number4
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)239-254
Original languageEnglish


Metaphoric modeling has, over the last 20 years, become a powerful tool in applied linguistics. Although research quality assessment criteria are starting to be applied to educational research, via meta-analyses and systematic reviews, there are as yet few agreed methodological or reporting criteria in the area of metaphoric models. This article examines a sample of 5 published metaphoric models of literacy or language teaching/learning, to derive a series of methodological suggestions compatible with recent systematic review guidelines. It is argued that a sound methodology for identifying and describing metaphoric models will pave the way for more reliable cross-cultural studies in educational linguistics.

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