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ERIC Number: EJ919910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
Prospective Computer Teachers' Mental Images about the Concepts of "School" and "Computer Teacher"
Saban, Aslihan
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v11 n1 p435-446 Win 2011
In this phenomenological study, prospective computer teachers' mental images related to the concepts of "school" and "computer teacher" were examined through metaphors. Participants were all the 45 seniors majoring in the Department of Computer and Instructional Technologies at Selcuk University, Ahmet Kelesoglu Faculty of Education during the 2009-2010 academic year. They were asked to produce one metaphor for their either experienced or ideal "school" image and one metaphor for their either experienced or ideal "computer teacher" image. Collected data were analyzed by using the "content analysis" technique. According to the findings, participants produced 33 valid metaphors about the "school." While 16 of these metaphors reflected their past schooling experiences, 17 of them reflected their ideal schools. Based on their common characteristics, all the 33 metaphors were grouped into 9 categories ("a disciplinary center," "a shaping place," "a work center," "an outdated place," "a place of enlightenment," "a place of hope," "a place of growth," "a place of solidarity" and "a fun place"). In the same way, participants produced a total of 21 valid metaphors about the "computer teacher." While 10 of these metaphors reflected their past computer teachers, 11 of them represented their ideal computer teachers. Based on their common characteristics, all the 21 metaphors were grouped into 6 categories ("superior authority figure," "shaper," "information provider," "curer," "guide" and "democratic leader"). It appears that while participants produced only "teaching-focused" metaphors to reflect their school experiences and computer teachers, they developed both "teaching- and learning-focused" metaphors to reflect their ideal schools and computer teachers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey