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This study aimed to examine the perceptions of pre-service high school mathematics teachers about the concepts of mathematics and mathematics teachers. Metaphors were used to reveal these perceptions. The study is descriptive. The study group was determined according to the convenient sampling method. In this scope, 46 pre-service high school mathematics teachers participated in the study. The data were obtained through the completion of the “Mathematics is like ..... because .....” and “Mathematics teacher is like ..... because .....” statements by the participants. In the analysis and interpretation of the data; i) naming, ii) elimination, iii) category, and iv) validity-reliability stages were followed. As a result, mathematics is mostly expressed with the metaphors of sea, people, food, and way. These metaphors revealed that pre-service high school mathematics teachers perceived mathematics as “a necessity that is difficult to understand, but in everything and everyone needs, as well as its eternity”. The concept of mathematics teacher is mostly stated with the book and mother metaphors after the compass metaphor. These metaphors showed that pre-service high school mathematics teachers perceived the mathematics teacher as "a guide and instructor needed in all areas of life".



Recommended Citation

Katranci, Y., Kiral, B., & Kedikli, D. (2021). Pre-service high school mathematics teachers’ perceptions about mathematics and mathematics teachers: A metaphorical approach. In W. B. James, C. Cobanoglu, & M. Cavusoglu (Eds.), Advances in global education and research (Vol. 4, pp. 1–14). USF M3 Publishing. https://www.doi.org/10.5038/9781955833042

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