A metaphoric framework: a basis of the RSD

The Research Skill Development (www.rsd.edu.au) framework is underpinned by a three metaphors that comprise a metaphoric framework.

The attached powerpoint A metaphoric framework for analysis gives a very brief overview of the metaphoric framework. If you attended the session on ‘Why use a metaphoric framework for analysis?‘ you might answer this question in the comment field:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of a metaphorical framework in your research context?


Author: johnwillison

Senior Leturer, Discipline of Higher Education, School of Education, University of Adelaide.

One thought on “A metaphoric framework: a basis of the RSD”

  1. As I work with undergraduate university students and faculty I find that there is a huge difference between having a metaphoric example FOR the RSD framework and developing one’s personal understanding OF the framework. When using a metaphor as an example (as in your posted Power Point), participants come to know about the RSD framework as a participant. They are able to identify and label parts of processes related to their own inquiry. It is a good first step to develop awareness. However, developing one’s own metaphor requires a deeper level of processing. By processing the RSD framework into a personally-relevant metaphor one acquires a deeper understanding and ownership of the RSD. My experience has been that more critical thinking (as noted in discussions) regarding application of the RSD and the likelihood of applying the RSD to a personal context is the result.

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