We are All Made of Stars: A Metaphor for Exploring the Greater Whole Beliefs Subsist In

Carlos Nicolas Gomez


Beliefs influence prospective teachers’ decision-making processes as they resist or accept the curriculum developed by teacher educators. Beliefs of prospective teachers have been considered in a variety of way. In this essay, I develop a metaphor for how beliefs are held based on previous metaphors by Green (1971) and Korthagen (2004). Through this thought experiment, I demonstrate the power of the galaxy metaphor and the possible benefits for researchers. I focus on the use of a hermeneutic lens and the galaxy metaphor to demonstrate how looking at beliefs differently can enhance our consideration of beliefs in teacher education curriculum. Implications of the galaxy metaphor for teacher educators are discussed.


Beliefs; Teacher Preparation

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