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ERIC Number: EJ1017671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
Searching for the Exit in a Maze? Or Setting Sail for New Horizons? Metaphors by Twelfth Grade Students for Learning Mathematics
Guner, Necdet
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v13 n3 p1945-1950 Sum 2013
This study examines and classifies the metaphors that twelfth grade students formulated to describe the concept of "learning mathematics". The sample of the study consists of 669 twelfth grade students (317 female, 352 male) of two Anatolian and two vocational high schools located in the city center of Denizli. The following questions guided this study: What metaphors do students use to describe the concept of "learning mathematics"? What conceptual categories can be derived from these metaphorical images? How these conceptual categories differ by high school type? How these conceptual categories differ by students' gender? The data were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. According to the results, 76 valid metaphors and eight main conceptual categories were identified. These main conceptual categories are: discovering an unknown, learning a new skill, solving a puzzle, learning the rules and playing a game, using a tool, difficulties of learning mathematics, pleasure of learning mathematics, having a hardship. According to Pearson chi square calculations Anatolian high school students and girls produced more metaphors about enjoying mathematics than vocational high school students and boys. Also, vocational high school students and boys produced more metaphors about difficulties of learning mathematics and having a hardship than Anatolian high school students and girls.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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