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Geography teachers’ metaphors concerning the concept of “Map”
Maps are the most important tool for learning and teaching Geography. In that case, it has a very big importance of what the term of “map” expressed by the Geography teachers. The purpose of the present study is to reveal Geography teachers’ perception on the concept of “map”, by means of the metaphors they use. The study was participated by 116 Geography teachers working in several high-schools in Istanbul City in Turkey. Phenomenological design was used in the study. And also the technique of “content analysis” has been used on evaluation of the data that have been obtained in this study. The Geography teachers who have participated to the study have been produced 59 different valid metaphors related to the term of “Map”. This result has been showed that, it is not possible of the term of “Map” can be explained as a complete with only one metaphor. The metaphors, of which the Geography teachers presented, have been grouped under 4 different cognitive categories by studying in terms of their common specifications. These categories could order from the most to the less in following: (1) Lodestar and guide, (2) Informative, (3) Life facilitator and (4) Assistant to the science of Geography.

Metaphor, map, Geography teachers

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