TOWARDS A MULTICULTURALLY COMPETENT TEACHER IN BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY

TitleTOWARDS A MULTICULTURALLY COMPETENT TEACHER IN BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsIliško, D, Ignatjeva, S
JournalProblems of Education in the 21st Century
Volume7
Start Page39-47
Date PublishedJune/2008
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1822-7864
Other NumbersICID: 863766
Keywordscultural and religious diversity, multicultural competence, teacher education
Abstract

The primary goal of this study is to focus on teachers’ perception of their own multicultural competence. This study examines the perception of teachers of themselves in their competency of multicultural knowledge, awareness and practice. The study reflects teachers’ level of multicultural competence as a desired ideal and its correlation with the existing level of teachers’ competency. The study puts forward a research question: To what extent do teachers’ perceive themselves to be multiculturally competent. Do teachers perceive multicultural competence as significant in fostering the ideals of a sustainable society? For this purpose the survey was designed to measure the characteristics of a multiculturally competent teacher by using 5 points scale. This article sets forth a variety of questions to re-direct process of revision and refinement of multicultural training in Latvia. Learning sensitivity towards other groups requires time and energy. This takes time to learn to observe, empathize, and appreciate other people’s ways of doing things in order to become culturally competent. Multicultural people have a broader, richer and more accurate worldview.

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