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Educational Alternatives, Volume 15, 2017

Yasin Duran, Caner Aladağ, Tahsin Tapur
Pages: 236-245
Published: 31 Aug 2017
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Abstract: The aim of this study is to reveal the perceptions of secondary school students about the concept of map through metaphors. The population of the research is secondary-school students. The sample of this research carried out in the pattern of phenomenology is composed of 56 students studying in the 9th grade of Ladik Ahmet Hüdai Anatolian Imam Hatip (religious vocational) High School (Sarayönü, Konya). In the study, answers were tried to be found out to determine which metaphors the secondary school students used to explain their perceptions about the map, and what the common characteristics of these metaphors were. The data of the study was obtained by each student's completing his/her statement of "Map is like ... Because..." The content analysis technique was used to analyse and interpret the data. According to the results of the study, students produced 26 valid metaphors related to the concept of the map. These metaphors were then examined for their common features and gathered in 5 conceptual categories (map as a guide, map as a protective, map as a reduced, map as a puzzle and map as informative). As a result of the research, the category of map as a guide is mentioned by the students most. As a result, it has been observed that the students have constructed the concept of map correctly in their minds in general.
Keywords: map, qualitative research, metaphor, phenomenology, secondary education
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