The Relationship Between Perceptions of Multicultural Competence and Democratic Values

Examining Science Teachers Working with International Students




democratic value, multicultural competency, multiculturalism, science teachers


The present study aims to determine the perceptions of multicultural competence and democratic values of science teachers in schools where international students study and to find out whether there is a relationship between them. The study surveyed 436 secondary school science teachers in the Western Black Sea region in the 2018–2019 academic year. Data were collected using the Perceptions of Multicultural Competence Scale and the Democratic Values Scale. We found positive and moderate relationship between teachers’ perceptions of multicultural competence and their democratic values. As teachers’ democratic values increased, their perceptions of multicultural competence increased, and as their democratic values decreased, their perceptions of multicultural competence decreased as well. Understanding teachers’ opinions about democratic values, justice, respect for differences, and equality reveals an important relationship between their multicultural competence and their democratic values.


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Author Biographies

M. Said Doğru, Kastamonu University, Turkey

M. Said Doğru, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Vocational School of Vehicle Rafet Araç. His major research interests lie in the area of health, multiculturalism and science education.

İbrahim Demirbaş, Kastamonu University, Turkey

İbrahim Demirbaş is a doctoral student in the Department of Social Sciences Education at Kastamonu University. His major research interests lie in the area of social science education and multiculturalism.


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Doğru, M. S., & Demirbaş, İbrahim. (2021). The Relationship Between Perceptions of Multicultural Competence and Democratic Values: Examining Science Teachers Working with International Students. Journal of International Students, 11(1), 24–40.



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