Metaphors in Meta-Communication

Metaphors in Meta-Communication

Mehmet Firat (Anadolu University, Turkey) and Isil Kabakci Yurdakul (Anadolu University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-071-2.ch010
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Abstract

This chapter is based on the claim that the metaphors as a new and powerful tool in different sciences especially including Information Systems and a number of sociological disciplines such as linguistic, education, and sociology can be used for the implementation and sustainability of the components of meta-communication for distance education. The meta-communication aims to move the intercultural components of metaphors to the distance education and its applications. Thereby, metaphors serve to the basic mission of distance education creating cross-cultural educational environments. In order to use metaphors with the meaning put forward by this claim, restructuring of metaphors with the contemporary metaphor theory, use of metaphors in computer systems and user interfaces, the intersection of metaphors and meta-communication and finally the power of metaphors in digital meta-communication for distance education are discussed below.
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Metaphors In Meta-Communication For Distance Education

It has not been easy for metaphors to gain their current meanings. In order to become active in the interdisciplinary area and in daily language, metaphors had to wait for ages. In this process, metaphor perceptions had to be interrogated by the human mind and reshaped with a new comprehensive structure. Therefore, it would be better to clarify this transformation before going on with the multifaceted up-to-date structures of metaphors.

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