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ERIC Number: EJ984762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep-26
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Elementary Students' Metaphors for Democracy
Dundar, Hakan
Educational Research and Reviews, v7 n24 p509-516 Sep 2012
The purpose of the research was to reveal elementary 8th grade students' opinions concerning democracy with the aid of metaphors. The students were asked to produce metaphors about the concept of democracy. 140 students from 3 public schools in Ankara (Turkey) participated in the research. 55% of the students were females and 45% were males. The students who participated in the research were asked to produce a metaphor about the concept of democracy and to explain these metaphors. To realize the purpose of the study, forms were distributed to the students asking them to complete the sentence, "Democracy is like... because..." and 56 students out of 140 produced 32 valid metaphors. Phenomenology was used for the purposes of the present research. Data obtained from the participants were interpreted via content analysis. The produced metaphors were divided into 4 categories: "Democracy as the symbol of equality", "Democracy which exists with rules", "Democracy which teaches living together" and "Democracy as a dream". The findings were discussed in the light of the related literature. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey