Primary education pre-service teachers' perceptions on equality in education: a metaphor analysis study


AKÇAM YALÇIN İ.

1st International Conference on Lifelong Education and Leadership for All, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 29 - 31 October 2015, pp.126-133 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Olomouc
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Page Numbers: pp.126-133
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The purpose of the research is to reveal the mental images of the primary education pre-service teachers on the concept of equality in education through the metaphors. The research was conducted with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade university students studying in the Faculty of Education, Department of Primary Education in a state university during 2015-2016 school year fall term.. The students were asked to fill in the blanks in the sentence "Equality in education is like....; because....". The questionnaires filled out by the students constitute the data source of the research as documents. Perceptions of the primary education pre-service teachers on the concept of equality in education were analyzed via the metaphor analysis method. The metaphors developed by the pre-service teachers are mainly divided into five categories: "Equality in Education is Necessary.", "Equality in Education is an Utopia.", "Equality in Education must be Fair.", "Equality in Education should be Improved.", and "Equality in Education cannot be Assessed.". It is observed that the pre-service teachers developed the most the "surrealistic" and "water" metaphors by 6.93%. Second comes the "justice" and "scales" by 3.96%, and third comes the "emotion", "imagination", "breathe" and "none" metaphors by 2.97%.