International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1308-951X

Original article | International Journal of Research in Teacher Education 2010, Vol. 1(4) 82-95

Democratic Attitudes of Social Studies Pre-service Teachers

E. Özlem YİĞİT & Kerem ÇOLAK

pp. 82 - 95   |  Manu. Number: ijrte.2010.022

Published online: September 01, 2010  |   Number of Views: 148  |  Number of Download: 699


Abstract

In modern world, it is expected from citizens to access and use information, think critically, respect to human rights and have democratic attitude. In this context, education has an important role. Education promotes democracy in two ways: At first, it enables a culture of democracy and second it leads to a greater prosperity. Individuals learn democratic attitudes and behaviors in their home environment and in schools. In educational systems which are democratic, democracy culture will develop. Because of this, the main aim of this study is to determine the democratic attitudes of social studies student teachers. This research was carried out with survey method. The attitude scale was used to fix democratic attitudes of social studies student teachers. The research group consisted of two hundred social studies student teachers who attended in four public universities in Turkey. The qualitative data of this study was collected through standardized open-ended interview questions. In the results of the study; according to gender, mothers’ educational background and fathers’ educational background, there was a meaningful difference between democratic attitude levels of social studies student teachers. Besides, the democratic attitude level of mothers and fathers having graduated from high schools was higher than the democratic attitude level of mothers and fathers having graduated from primary school. On the other hand, there wasn’t a meaningful difference between any universities according to university variable.

Keywords: Democracy, democratic attitudes, social studies pre-service teachers, social studies


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
YIGIT, E.O. & COLAK, K. (2010). Democratic Attitudes of Social Studies Pre-service Teachers. International Journal of Research in Teacher Education, 1(4), 82-95.

Harvard
YIGIT, E. and COLAK, K. (2010). Democratic Attitudes of Social Studies Pre-service Teachers. International Journal of Research in Teacher Education, 1(4), pp. 82-95.

Chicago 16th edition
YIGIT, E. Ozlem and Kerem COLAK (2010). "Democratic Attitudes of Social Studies Pre-service Teachers". International Journal of Research in Teacher Education 1 (4):82-95.