The postgraduate students' (masters, PhD) metaphors about education of statistic

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ÇOLAK S. , Yener M. D. , ÇOLAK E. , TAŞDEMİR R. , ÇOLAK T. , BAMAÇ B. , ...Daha Fazla

ERPA International Congresses on Education (ERPA), Sarajevo, Bosna-Hersek, 2 - 04 Haziran 2016, cilt.31 identifier


Statistics is an important part of our life when it comes to economy, education, sport, politics and research. Research is a primary job for the ones pursuing academic career and statistics is one of the basic components of a research. Metaphor is used as an equivalent to figurative expression ('mecaz' in Turkish language). Study group is composed of 19 females (age 27.7) and 40 males (age 30.85) - 59 students in total. Demographic information of participants was collected. Participants were provided with questionnaire in order to assess their metaphorical creation whereby they were asked to fill in the sentence - "statistics is like/similar to..., because..." - with metaphor. The study has collected total of 59 metaphors in 6 categories. The most created metaphor is in 'discovering/ revealing' category. 42.5% of Master's students and 25% of PhD students are in this category. Metaphors created by graduate students are representing their views about statistics course and hence their view about importance of research. The category 'discovering/revealing', the one with the most created metaphor of this study, is the main concept of science. Consequently, good knowledge of statistics is needed for graduate students to conduct research.