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Many people associate the art of storytelling and the use of metaphors with fiction and poetry. Over the last 30 years, however, philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and linguists have offered insights into the fundamental role of both narrative and metaphor as instruments by which human beings think, perceive, imagine, and make sense of their experiences. Those in education studies have begun to utilize these insights to great effect in various educational research domains ranging from exploration of actual teaching practice to analyses of the way we talk and think about education.
The metaphor and narrative perspectives, however, have mostly been utilized separately. Moreover, opportunities for researchers and educators to meet and share their ideas are rare. This conference takes up the challenge of bringing educationists who have employed the narrative lens into conversation with those who have employed the metaphor lens. It highlights the work of those few researchers who have demonstrated ‘binocular vision’ (that is, employed the two perspectives in combination) in their study of education. Moreover, the implications of research for teaching and policy practice will be particularly emphasized. The result should be a fuller account than has previously been attempted of the intricate relations which operate at the nexus between narrative and metaphor in and of education.