HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI EGITIM FAKULTESI DERGISI-HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, no.41, pp.48-59, 2011 (SSCI)
This study aims to take the views of pre-service teachers on analogies, and to determine the analogies they would prefer to use in their future teaching. The study, where qualitative research techniques were made use of, was administered to the final year students at the Physics Education Department of a government university in Ankara within 2007-2008 spring and 2008-2009 fall semesters. The study consists of two sections. The first section involves the studying of 39 pre-service teachers' views on using analogies in teaching physics. In the second section, where 45 people participated, pre-service teachers were asked about the analogies they would use in teaching "electric current", "resistance", "potential difference" and "generator. Descriptive analysis was used in order to analyze the data collected from the research questions. In order to support the data obtained, semi-structured interviews were made with the 15% of the pre-service teachers. The study concluded that pre-service teachers perceived analogies as tools to be used in teaching physics and thought that they would have positive impacts on increasing students' achievement levels as well as their attitudes towards the subject. It was also determined that they preferred the "water flowing through the pipe" model in teaching electric current. Analogies, which are mainly used as teaching techniques in classes, could also be utilized as supplementary evaluation tools in order to determine students' previously learnt knowledge.