Examining pre-service teachers' beliefs on democracy and democratic education

Sarac-Suzer H. S., Alagozlu N.

2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES-2010), İstanbul, Turkey, 4 - 08 February 2010, vol.2, pp.2397-2401 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.344
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.2397-2401
  • Keywords: Democracy, democratic education, prospective teachers, belief
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


In this study, the initial aim is to identify prospective teachers' beliefs on 'what democracy is' as a phenomenon they experience in Turkish society. Secondly, it is aimed to define how these pre-service teachers describe the features of democratic education at a school environment. To this end, the participants declared written data on their beliefs concerning the definition of democracy and the description of democratic education at schools. According to the findings, the future teachers identify that there exists 'the problem of democracy' in Turkey, and democratic schooling requires the participation of both students and teachers in the decision-making process, which has not yet to be substantiated in schools. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.