Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2017, Vol. 13(3) 140-150
pp. 140 - 150 | Manu. Number: ijpe.2017.033
Published online: October 08, 2017 | Number of Views: 223 | Number of Download: 540
The aim of this study is to lay bare pre-service primary school teachers’ perception of “physics” through metaphors. The study was realized with the participation of 38 freshmen pre-service teachers taking General Physics at a public university. Data of the study were obtained with participants filling the blanks in the following sentence: “In my opinion physics is like a/an … because …” The study was designed in phenomenological method, which is one of the qualitative research methods. In the analysis of data, content analysis method was used. As a result of the obtained data, it was determined that pre-service primary school teachers constructed 31 valid metaphors in relation to the concept of physics. It was determined that the highest frequency among these metaphors belongs to the “nightmare”. Metaphors generated by the pre-service teachers were grouped under seven different conceptual categories in terms of the meanings they contain. As a result of the study, it was determined that most of the metaphors generated by the pre-service teachers consist of a negative perception.
Keywords: Pre-service primary school teachers, physics, metaphor
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