PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS' PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS REGARDİNG MULTİCULTURAL EDUCATİON
 
Abstract

The world is currently witnessing a dizzying change as a result of political, economic and especially technological developments. These developments have had a great impact on countries, communities and individuals. As an expected outcome of these influences, such issues as globalism, nationalism, locality, national culture, intercultural convergence, multiculturalism, multilingualism, intercultural conformity, tolerance among difference religions have started to be discussed. At this point, people, influenced by consciousness of democracy, existential philosophy and psychology, have started to give importance to each other just because they are human beings. Thus, accepting individuals as they are and improving their unique abilities and capabilities without stereotyping them has become the major goal of education. That’s why there is a need for educators who can tolerate biological, sexual, racial, religious, cultural, economic and political differences among students. This has become more of an issue in countries which are members or candidates of European Union because they are multicultural. Education is the most significant means to follow these changes. The new primary education programs which has been put into practice in Turkey place emphasis on multicultural education, which can be seen as an important act in the EU accession period. However, it is highly essential that teachers are inclined to multicultural education as they are the ones to carry the programs into effect. The study gains importance in this respect. This study aims to find out the probationary teachers’ level of inclination to multicultural education.

The universe of the study comprises the students at Kocaeli University, Department of Education and the sample includes the final year students of Kocaeli University, Department of Education. The data will be collected using the “Multicultural Personality Questionnaire” that will be developed by Van Der Zee ve Van Oudenhoven. This is a descriptive study. The data will be analyzed through arithmetical average and ANOVA and t tests will be used to measure whether probationary teachers’ level of inclination to multicultural education changes according to some personal variables. The results of the research stated that probationary teachers are adequate in terms of multi-cultural personality while they are not in terms of emotional balance, a sub-dimension of multi-cultural personality. This result indicates the training need of probationary teachers on multi-cultural education.

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