Investigating the role of multicultural education and democratic values on LGBT attitudes of preservice teachers


ÖZDEMİR M. , BÜYÜKGÖZE H.

KEDI JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL POLICY, vol.13, no.1, pp.23-46, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Title of Journal : KEDI JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL POLICY
  • Page Numbers: pp.23-46

Abstract

In this paper we elaborate on the relationships among multicultural education, democratic values, and LGBT individuals, based on the attitudes of pre-service teachers, who are soon-to-be major conduits to students of societies' attitudes. Accordingly, we also investigated the predictive role of multicultural education and democratic values on the LGBT attitudes of preservice teachers. We discovered that Turkish pre-service teachers have positive attitudes toward multicultural education and democratic values. Further, the participants were found to exhibit moderate positive attitudes toward LGBT individuals. Hierarchical regression analysis demonstrated that the attitudes toward multicultural education and democratic values are significant predictors of attitudes toward LGBT individuals. Overall, we discuss the intertwined relationships among attitudes to multicultural education, democratic values, and LGBT individuals, and the probable factors biasing pre-service teachers against LGBT issues.