Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2006

Full Length Research Paper

Prospective teachers’ metaphorical perceptions on the concept of science

Derman Aysegul1*
  • Derman Aysegul1*
  • 1Classroom Teaching Department, Nizip Faculty of Education, Gaziantep University, Turkey
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Derman Serdar2
  • Derman Serdar2
  • 2Turkish Teaching Department, Faculty of Education, Gaziantep University, Turkey
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  •  Received: 17 November 2014
  •  Accepted: 06 January 2015
  •  Published: 23 January 2015


The aim of this study is to reveal prospective teachers’ perceptions of the concept of science by asking them to use metaphors to describe it. A metaphor elicitation method was employed in this study. The data obtained from the study were considered with both quantitative and qualitative (Content Analysis) analyses. The study determined the metaphors used to express the concept of science by prospective teachers, and then these metaphors were thematised by categorising their common properties. Nine different conceptual categories were determined, including “Science as synthesis of scientific knowledge”,science as a benefit provider” and “science as a basic requirement” etc. Prospective teachers’ metaphorical perceptions present indicators about their perspectives on science and the nature of science.

Key words: Science education, metaphors, nature of science, prospective classroom teachers, prospective science teachers, scientific literacy, teaching, worldview