© 2006

Metaphor and Analogy in Science Education

  • Peter J. Aubusson
  • Allan G. Harrison
  • Stephen M. Ritchie


  • Breadth of research applications of metaphor and analogy in science education

  • Inclusion of practical applications of metaphor and analogy in science education

  • International contributors, including both outstanding scholars in the field and teachers

  • Brings together research in the field of metaphor and analogy in science education for the first time

  • Provides content accessible to and of value to teachers, researchers and student teachers


Part of the Science & Technology Education Library book series (CTISE, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Peter J. Aubusson, Allan G. Harrison, Stephen M. Ritchie
    Pages 1-9
  3. Allan G. Harrison, David F. Treagust
    Pages 11-24
  4. John William Willison, Peter Charles Taylor
    Pages 25-36
  5. Jens Wilbers, Reinders Duit
    Pages 37-49
  6. Allan G. Harrison
    Pages 51-63
  7. Grady J. Venville, Susan J. Gribble, Jennifer Donovan
    Pages 79-91
  8. Peter J. Aubusson, Stephen Fogwill
    Pages 93-104
  9. Stephen M. Ritchie, Alberto Bellocchi, Heidi Poltl, Marianne Wearmouth
    Pages 143-153
  10. Stephen M. Ritchie
    Pages 177-187
  11. Stephen M. Ritchie, Peter J. Aubusson, Allan G. Harrison
    Pages 189-195
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 197-210

About this book


This book brings together powerful ideas and new developments from internationally recognised scholars and classroom practitioners to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to inform progress in science education. This is achieved through a series of related chapters reporting research on analogy and metaphor in science education. Throughout the book, contributors not only highlight successful applications of analogies and metaphors, but also foreshadow exciting developments for research and practice. Themes include metaphor and analogy: best practice, as reasoning; for learning; applications in teacher development; in science education research; philosophical and theoretical foundations. Accordingly, the book is likely to appeal to a wide audience of science educators –classroom practitioners, student teachers, teacher educators and researchers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter J. Aubusson
    • 1
  • Allan G. Harrison
    • 2
  • Stephen M. Ritchie
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Central Queensland UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Metaphor and Analogy in Science Education
  • Editors Peter J. Aubusson
    Allan G. Harrison
    Stephen M. Ritchie
  • Series Title Science & Technology Education Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3829-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-5707-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-3830-3
  • Series ISSN 1572-5987
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 210
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
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