8th Grade Students' Metaphors for the Concept of History

Yalçınkaya E.

EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol.13, no.51, pp.273-290, 2013 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 51
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.273-290
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: No


Problem Statement: History is a science that helps people guide their futures; it is an indispensable part of education. It is important for students to know the past well in order to understand the present better and direct their future. History does not have magical laws to generalize in predicting future. However, we have to know that history can give us lines of vision for today and tomorrow. Students meet the concept of history for the first time in elementary school. They learn about history and they ground what they learn around the framework of social studies. In this context, the students' perspectives of the concept of history are very important for a better social studies and history education. One of the most important ways to determine students' perceptions of the concept of history is by creating metaphors.