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ERIC Number: EJ917173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Computer Teacher Candidates' Metaphors about the Internet
Saban, Aslihan
Education, v131 n1 p93-105 Fall 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the metaphors of exit-level Turkish computer teacher candidates about the concept of "internet". Participants included 45 seniors (23 boys and 22 girls) majoring in the Department of Computer and Instructional Technologies at Selcuk University, Ahmet Kelesoglu Faculty of Education. They were asked to complete the following prompt: "Internet is like...because..." Raw data were analyzed by using the content analysis technique. According to the findings, participants produced 25 valid metaphors about the internet. Based on their common characteristics, all the 25 metaphors were grouped under the following seven categories: (1) "The internet as a system" (e.g., spider web, vascular system, city water supply network). (2) "The internet as a vehicle" (e.g., fishing net, library, central bank, light-speedy aircraft). (3) "The internet as an addictive entity" (e.g., alcohol, heroin, digital drug). (4) "The internet as a useful and harmful entity" (e.g., atmosphere, ocean, iceberg, recyclable garbage, fire, nuclear energy). (5) "The internet as an indispensable part of daily life" (e.g., roots of a tree, oxygen, blood). (6) "The internet as an attractive location" (beautiful garden, fair). (7) "The internet as an uncertain entity" (e.g., ship without a captain, black hole, dark forest, tornado). The study concludes that metaphors are powerful cognitive tools to transform one's conceptions of unfamiliar phenomena. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey