Taran Cardone, Ph.D. is a 2023 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Taran Cardone at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Steven S. Taylor, Committee Member, Dr. Donna Ladkin, Committee Chair, Dr. Jon Wergin, Committee Member.
- Donna Ladkin, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Jon Wergin, Ed.D., Committee Member
- Steven S. Taylor, Ph.D., Committee Member
metaphor, conceptual metaphor theory, phenomenology, arts, student success, student development, adult development, self-authorship, meaning making, college students, leadership
This study focuses on better understanding students and their internal worlds through conceptual metaphor theory and sensory language. Using a phenomenological and arts-based approach, I examined students’ metaphorical constructions of their college experiences and the sensory language and information informing those constructions. By engaging participants in a multimodal process to re-see their experience through connoisseurship and criticism, I explored the following research questions: How do students metaphorically structure their college experience? What sensory language do college students use to describe the metaphorical dimensions of their college experience? How does sensory information shape the metaphorical structuring of their college experience? Through conversations centered on participant-generated images and chosen sensory language, I identified five complex metaphors that represented participants’ constructions of their college experience: college is an unwieldy package; college is up, forward, and out; college is current and future nostalgia; college is a prism; and college is a movie and peers are the soundtrack. By considering these themes, it may be possible for educators to better partner with diverse learners to design personally meaningful experiences that support student development and success. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA (https://aura.antioch.edu) and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://etd.ohiolink.edu).
Cardone, T. (2023). Once More, With Feeling: Partnering With Learners to Re-see the College Experience Through Metaphor and Sensory Language. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/968
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