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ERIC Number: EJ866463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Gaining Insights into Teachers' Ways of Thinking via Metaphors
Seferoglu, Golge; Korkmazgil, Sibel; Olcu, Zeynep
Educational Studies, v35 n3 p323-335 Jul 2009
This study aimed to explore metaphorical images of pre-service and in-service teachers as windows into their schemata for thinking about "teachers". Data were gathered from three groups: 58 junior year students studying in a pre-service English teaching programme, 92 senior year students registered in the same pre-service programme, and 70 in-service English language teachers. Metaphor elicitation method was employed in this study. Participants were asked to complete in writing the stem "A teacher is...". using a metaphor or simile. The analyses revealed that all groups of participants tend to conceptualise "teacher as guide". The findings of this study pose important implications for teacher education programmes. It is suggested that teachers' pre-training cognitions regarding teachers and teaching should be surfaced and acknowledged, and that teacher candidates should be guided to transform tacit or unexamined beliefs into objectively rational beliefs as these in subtle ways influence how they teach and how students learn. (Contains 5 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