Biology Students’ Conceptions of Internet: A Metaphor Analysis
Fettah Eren, National Ministry of Education, Turkey ; Ismail Celik, Selcuk University, Turkey ; Musa Dikmenli, Ismail Sahin, Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey ; Mack Shelley, Iowa State University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The purpose of this study is to investigate biology students’ conceptions of internet by means of metaphor analysis. Data are collected from 162 participating students using an open-ended questionnaire and analyzed using content analysis techniques. The study is carried out among the university students in the Program of Secondary Biology Education at Selcuk University in Turkey. In this study, sixty-six valid metaphors are developed by biology students and these metaphors are classified into eight different conceptual categories: the Internet as a source of knowledge, the Internet as an informational and communicational tool, the Internet as a center of entertainment and shopping, the Internet as a basic need, the Internet as a source of addiction, the Internet as a source of evil, the Internet as a tool that requires careful use, and the Internet as a source of vagueness. The results of this study show that as well as having mostly positive concepts about the Internet, biology students also have some negative concepts, such as the source of addiction and source of evil categories.
Eren, F., Celik, I., Dikmenli, M., Sahin, I. & Shelley, M. (2012). Biology Students’ Conceptions of Internet: A Metaphor Analysis. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2405-2412). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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