Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)
Analyzing the relationship between prospective teachers’ democratic tendencies and their respect for differences levels
Author(s): İshak Kozikoğlu
Abstract: The aim of this study is to determine prospective teachers’ democratic tendencies and respect for differences levels; to examine the relationship between their democratic tendencies and respect for differences levels and to determine whether their democratic tendencies and respect for differences levels change according to gender, grade level and department. This study was conducted with 316 students studying at Yüzüncü Yıl University, Faculty of Education. As data collection tools, "Prospective Teachers’ Democratic Tendencies Scale" developed by Akbaşlı, Yanpar-Yelken and Sünbül (2010) and "Respect for Differences Scale" developed by Öksüz and Güven (2012) were used in this study. In data analysis; t-test, Anova and Pearson Product Moments Correlation Coefficient were used. As a result of the study, it was found that prospective teachers’ respect for differences and democratic tendencies are at high level. A positive and significant relationship was found between total score of prospective teachers’ respect for differences levels and democratic tendencies. Prospective teachers’ democratic tendencies don’t change according to gender, grade level and department, but in the sub-dimension “freedom of expression” it turned out that male students showed more democratic tendencies. In this study, it was found that female students are more respectful to differences than males and 4th grade students are more respectful to differences than first year students. It was also found that the students of Turkish and Foreign Languages departments are more respectful to differences than the students of secondary school science and mathematics department and CEIT department.