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Evolution of the personal teaching models of prospective secondary school science teachers as expressed through metaphors

  • Lucía Mellado
  • Juan L. de la Montaña
  • María Rosa Luengo
  • María Luisa Bermejo
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Abstract

This study analyses the evolution of the personal metaphors of 31 science graduates enrolled in a Master’s degree course in Secondary Education Teaching during the 2012–13 academic year. The instrument used was an open questionnaire that included asking the participants to make drawings representing the roles of the teacher. Four categories of metaphor were considered: behaviourist/transmissive, cognitivist/constructivist, situative/socio-historical, and self-referential. It was found that most of the prospective teachers were indeed able to conceptualize their roles in the form of metaphors. Comparison of the results before and after the teaching practicum revealed no changes in most of the participants’ metaphors and associated models. Instead, these appeared to be firmly set already at the beginning of the Master’s course, and remained uninfluenced by either the course or the practicum. Only a minority of the participants showed changes in their metaphors—5 with progressive changes, and 5 with regressive changes.

Keywords

Personal metaphors Science Pre-service teacher Secondary Evolution of teaching models 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was financed by Research Projects EDU2016-77007-R of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain), the Junta of Extremadura, and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucía Mellado
    • 1
  • Juan L. de la Montaña
    • 2
  • María Rosa Luengo
    • 2
  • María Luisa Bermejo
    • 3
  1. 1.Business and Accounting Department, Faculty of Economics and ManagementSpanish National University for Distance Education (UNED)MadridSpain
  2. 2.Social Sciences and Languages Education Department, Faculty of EducationUniversity of ExtremaduraBadajozSpain
  3. 3.Psychology and Anthropology Department, Faculty of EducationUniversity of ExtremaduraBadajozSpain

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