A Meta-summary of the Research on Metaphors Regarding Turkish EFL Teachers’ Roles

Yusuf Demir


This meta-summary set out to provide an overarching comprehension of the metaphorical conceptualizations with regard to Turkish EFL teachers’ roles. Following the searches in a large number of international and national databases, and the setting of specific criteria for inclusion, eight research papers remained for investigation. The data analysis followed a theory-driven deductive approach to thematic analysis, by adopting the framework offered by Saban, Koçbeker and Saban (2006). After the transformation and standardization of the data sets in the related studies, it was found out that Turkish EFL teachers are most characterized by knowledge provider, and then facilitator/scaffolder roles. These are followed by nurturer/cultivator and archetype of spirit roles. Among the least associated roles with these teachers were superior authority figure, molder and agent of change. When intergroup differences of the perceptions are examined, ELT student teachers and English learners conceptualized Turkish EFL teachers mainly as knowledge provider followed by facilitator/scaffolder, whereas the teachers tended to assign themselves the role of a facilitator/scaffolder most, followed by leader, knowledge provider, and entertainer.


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