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2020, Cilt 10, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 615-624
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2020.421
The Metaphoric Perceptions of Pre-Service Science Teachers to the Concept of “Biology Laboratory”
Çiğdem ÇINGIL BARIŞ
İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, HAYEF, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Department of Science Education, İstanbul, Turkey
Keywords: Pre-service science teachers, Biology laboratory, Metaphor, Metaphoric perception

The aim of this study is to determine the pre-service science teachers’ metaphorical perceptions about the concept of “biology laboratory”. The study group of the research consists of 61 pre-service science teachers studying at the Faculty of Education of a public university in İstanbul. In this study, the data of which was obtained by the qualitative research method; the phenomenology pattern was used. Preservice science teachers were asked to complete the sentence “Biology laboratory is like …, because …” to reveal what kind of thoughts they had about the biology laboratory. Content analysis was used in the analysis of the data. According to the data obtained from the research; It was observed that pre-service science teachers produced 52 different metaphors related to the concept of “biology laboratory,” and these metaphors were collected under 7 conceptual categories in terms of their common characteristics. The data were analyzed under 7 categories, which are listed as information acquisition and learning environment, discovery environment, production environment, equipment environment, examination environment, amusing environment and the environment with lasting effect. When looking at the total of the categories, it was determined that pre-service science teachers produced metaphors consisting of positive perceptions about the biology laboratory and mostly used “Kitchen” metaphor (n=5).

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