Noise Makes a Hole in My Ear-Using Metaphors as Means to Expose Perceptions of Noise among Young Children

Gila Russo-Zimet


The research aim is to understand how young children perceive noise by using metaphoric tools. The study was held according to a phenomenological qualitative paradigm of multiple case studies. Sixty five-years-old children participated in the study. Three research tools were chosen: The Metaphorical Collage (Russo-Zimet, 2015); a tool based on psycho-physical and verbo-gestural metaphor (Merleau-Ponty, 1962[1945]; Cienki & Müller, 2008); and a tool based on the power of the source domain in creating a metaphor (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980). An analysis of the children's answers shows that children have a deep complex understanding of the concept of noise. Three relate to the physical concept, and three relate to environmental effects on their life:

1). Noise moves - running, stopping and turning around, 2). Noise is composed of a fast movement, 3). Noise needs multiplicity, 4). Noise is made by man and nature, 5). Noise effects poorly on our body, 6). Noise made by crying and screaming has a negative effect on children. They may not use scientific terms like: sound waves, amplitude, frequency and volume, however, they describe noise as a sound wave, understand that there are frequencies, recognize internal and external noise and understand that man and nature are responsible to noise.

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International Journal of Social Science Studies   ISSN 2324-8033 (Print)   ISSN 2324-8041 (Online)

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