Home Articles Reader Opinion Editorial Book Reviews Discussion Writers Guide About TCRecord
transparent 13

Movements of Mind: The Matrix, Metaphors, and Re-imagining Education

by Alison Cook-Sather - 2003

Using the popular movie The Matrix to evoke both metaphors for human existence and models for teaching and learning, this article revisits arguments made by educators, philosophers, linguists, and anthropologists that metaphors govern our ways of perceiving, naming, and acting in the world, whether we are aware of this phenomenon or not. Building on this premise and through an examination of two metaphors that have dominated notions of and approaches to education in the United States, the article invites readers to make conscious the metaphors that inform our thoughts and actions, discern the "realities" we construct for ourselves and for others, and imagine the possibility of changing those. The argument made is for seeking, crafting, and embracing metaphors that cast students not only as active participants in their own education but as the principal creators of their education and themselves.

To view the full-text for this article you must be signed-in with the appropriate membership. Please review your options below:

Store a cookie on my computer that will allow me to skip this sign-in in the future.
Send me my password -- I can't remember it
Purchase this Article
Purchase Movements of Mind: The Matrix, Metaphors, and Re-imagining Education
Individual-Resource passes allow you to purchase access to resources one resource at a time. There are no recurring fees.
Become a Member
Online Access
With this membership you receive online access to all of TCRecord's content. The introductory rate of $25 is available for a limited time.
Print and Online Access
With this membership you receive the print journal and free online access to all of TCRecord's content.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 6, 2003, p. 946-977
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11411, Date Accessed: 3/4/2021 4:49:58 PM

Purchase Reprint Rights for this article or review
Article Tools
Related Articles

Related Discussion
Post a Comment | Read All

About the Author
  • Alison Cook-Sather
    Bryn Mawr College
    E-mail Author
    ALISON COOK-SATHER is an assistant professor of education at Bryn Mawr College and director of the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program. Her research interests include integrating the perspectives of high school students into preservice teacher education, rethinking education through the metaphor of translation, and facilitating professional development for educators differently positioned in higher education. Recent publications include “Education as Translation: Students Transforming Notions of Narrative and Self” (College Composition and Communication, forthcoming) and “Authorizing Students’ Perspectives: Toward Trust, Dialogue, and Change in Education” (Educational Researcher, 31(4), 3–14, May, 2002).
Member Center
In Print
This Month's Issue