TEACHER CANDIDATES? METAPHORIC PERCEPTIONS OF GIFTED STUDENTS

Abstract

Author(s): Bahtiyar ERASLAN APAN

In this study, teacher candidates’ metaphoric perceptions about gifted students have been examined. This study was carried out with 211 senior students attending to 9 different programs in the Faculty of Education of Anadolu University during 2008-2009 academic year. One hundred and twenty-eight metaphors generated by teacher candidates was categorized under 13 headings: 1) The One Showing High Performance, 2) The One Trying To Develop Under Insufficient Conditions, 3) The One Needing for Convenient Education, 4) The One Mysterious and Requiring Effort to Understand, 5) The One Valuable, 6) The One Open to Be Controlled and Led, 7) The One Forward-Looking and Giving Direction to Future, 8) The One Investigating and Being Able To Look At Events from a Different Point Of View, 9) The One Looking Different From His/Her Peers, 10) The One Having High Capacity, 11) The One Productive, 12) The One Creative, 13) The One Versatile. Majority of the categories discovered in this study indicated that teacher candidates reported their accepting opinions about their own responsibilities to develop gifted children

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