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ERIC Number: EJ811909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Analysing the Metaphorical Images of Turkish Preschool Teachers
Kabadayi, Abdulkadir
Teaching Education, v19 n1 p73-87 Mar 2008
The metaphorical basis of teacher reflection about teaching and learning has been a rich area of theory and research. This is a study of metaphor as a shared system of interpretation and classification, which teachers and student teachers and their supervising teachers can cooperatively explore. This study employs metaphor as a means of research to provide insights into the prospective preschool pre-service and their cooperating teachers' current professional self-images, and their retrospective elementary schooling images. A questionnaire consisting of 12 metaphorical images generated by "preschool pre-service and their cooperating teachers" was administered to all entry level preschool pre-bachelor, bachelor student teachers who were enrolled in the Faculty of Education in Selcuk University, Turkey, during the 2005-2006 academic years. Their cooperating teachers (n = 317), currently working in Konya, were chosen to obtain information about their current and elementary schooling years' metaphorical images. Results of the study indicate that significant differences exist between pre-service (pre-bachelor and bachelor) and cooperating preschool teachers' current and elementary schooling metaphorical images. There was a marked difference in their use of student-centered and teacher-centered metaphors. Implications for pre-service and cooperating teacher education and further research are discussed. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey