Waiting for the download: A new metaphor to describe education

John W. Murphy, Jung Min Choi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Metaphors have been a vital part of the history of education. Schools, for example, have been described as banks or factories. Nowadays new metaphors have become prominent that are related to the widespread presence of computers in society. These new symbols, however, are especially problematic and can increase student passivity cynicism. Accordingly, rigorous philosophy and practice will be necessary to introduce creativity and critical thought into the classroom, given how students and learning are portrayed by these computer metaphors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)

Cite this