The Metaphors of Candidte Philosophy Group Teacher Regarding the Concept of ‘Mind’

Ekrem Ziya Duman


The purpose of the current study was to determine what the metaphors of the candidate philosophy group teachers regarding the concept of mind and understand the related metaphors by means of gathering the metaphors expressed under certain categories. Phenomenology, one of the qualitative research designs, was used in the current study. The working group was made up of the students having pedagogical formation at Gazi University in the academic year of 2017-2018 and the last year students studying Philosophy Group Teaching at Gazi University. In this sense, the study was applied to total 85 people. Qualitative data collection techniques were used in the research. Data collection tool was applied to the participants by the researchers. In this sense, 62 valid metaphors were produced out of 85 candidate teachers. The metaphors produced were gathered under 10 categories as mind as a guide, mind as a basic element, mind as suitability for the purpose, mind as a working and developing structure, mind as a storage, mind as showing the reality, mind as an illuminator, mind as a valuable competence, mind as a limitless competence and the unclassified.

In the order of metaphors produced mostly by the candidate philosophy group teachers participating the research, mind as a guide was in the first place at the rate of 17.3%. Mind as a basic element was in the second category with a rate of 16% and it was followed by mind as suitability for the purpose and mind as a working and developing structure with a rate of 12%.

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