Energy Education Science and Technology Part B. Social and Educational Studies

2013 Volume (issues) 5(2): 1375-1386

The school as a ‘Machine’

 

Izzet Dos*

 

 

 

Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Kahramanmaras, Turkey

 

Received: 09 February 2012; accepted: 20 April 2012

 

Abstract

     Metaphors have significant roles to explain the organizational structures. One of the metaphors to explain the organizational structures is the ‘machine’ metaphor. In this study, it is considered of the current reflections and characteristics of the school organizations if seen as machine and the concepts derived from the metaphor ‘school as a machine’  is examined. The study is done within the 41 teachers of 2 primary schools in Kahramanmaras Province. The data of the study is collected with half-structured interview technique. The advanced processes, the strong and weak sides of the school as a machine, the view of the school as a machine to the human, and the equivalent terms and explanations of the expertise, automatizing, routine and productivity which expresses the machine metaphor is examined in the study. The data is analyzed by using the context analyzing of the qualitative research techniques. Consequently, the strong sides of the school is found that school should be organized, institutionalized and constant culture, and have richness of the staff. The weak sides of the school are found that schools undermine the students’ abilities, and educates single-type student. The equivalent terms and explanations of the expertise, automatizing, routine and productivity.

Keywords: Metaphor; Machine metaphor; School as machine