Pre-service Teachers' Metaphorical Perceptions towards the Concept of Scientist

AKINOĞLU O. , Tatik R. S. , Baykin Y.

ANTHROPOLOGIST, cilt.19, sa.3, ss.577-584, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 19 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.577-584


The purpose of this study is to display pre-service teachers' perceptions towards the concept of scientist through metaphors. Phenomenology, which is one of the qualitative research designs, was used in the study. Data was collected from 154 pre-service teachers studying in different departments of Ataturk Faculty of Education' at Marmara University in Turkey, in the spring semester of 2013-2014 academic year. They were asked to complete the sentence "Scientist is like ..; because..." The collected data was analyzed through content analysis technique and interpreted accordingly. The findings indicated that 87 different metaphors were generated by the pre-service teachers for the concept of scientist. These metaphors were then categorized by considering their common features and 16 categories and 8 themes were obtained. It was concluded that pre-service teachers had positive perceptions towards scientist while two negative metaphors were found among the metaphors that pre-service teachers generated for the concept of scientist.