Primary School Teachers' Metaphors Regarding Grammar
Sınıf Öğretmenlerinin Dil Bilgisi ile İlgili Metaforları

Author : Mehmet Soyuçok - Ömür Sadioğlu - Esra Yalçıntaş
Number of pages : 194-211

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to determine the perceptions of primary school teachers about grammar through metaphors. The study group of the research consists of 116 primary school teachers who worked in various provinces of Turkey in the 2017-2018 academic year. The data of the research was collected through the form containing the question, "Grammar is like..........because........." that was created to gather personal information about the participants and obtain their views regarding grammar. The collected data were analysed and interpreted by content analysis technique. What teachers compare grammar to, and their reasons for the comparison were grouped under various categories. As a result of the research, the categories regarding grammar were determined as follows; "grammar as the basis of language," "grammar as the right communication tool," "grammar as a set of rules," "grammar with its aesthetic aspect," "grammar with its fun aspect," "complementary/integrative grammar," "grammar as a regulator," "grammar as a tool of reflection," "grammar as a guide," "grammar with its versatility” and "grammar as a tool of change." The first three categories that contain the most metaphors are "complementary/integrative," "the basis of language" and "the right communication tool" respectively. It was determined that four teachers had a negative attitude towards grammar.

Keywords

Primary school teacher, metaphor, grammar, grammar teaching

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