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Preservice Teachers’ Views of Nature of Science and Their Metaphoric Perceptions of Science and Scientists

In this study, a mixed-method approach is used to examine preservice teachers’ views of the nature of science (NOS) and their perceptions of science and scientists. Study sample consisted of 72 preservice primary school teachers of the Faculty of Education of a university in the Aegean Region. 10 items were selected from the 25 VOSTS-TR items (Turkish version of Views on Science-Technology-Society) to determine participants' views of NOS and their perceptions of science and scientists were analyzed using metaphor analysis. Eight semi-structured interviews were conducted based on participants’ responses. Categories were developed based on participants' created metaphors and were compared with their responses to the related VOSTS-TR items. The majority of participants responded to some items from a contemporary point of view while about half of them responded from an insufficient point of view. Participants’ metaphoric perceptions of science and scientists varied according to their views of NOS. It is believed that this study will pave the way for further research.

nature of science, metaphors, preservice teachers, science education


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