The Democracy Education at Schools and Pre-service Teachers’ Observations to the Democratic Attitudes and Behaviors in School
In this research, the evaluation of approaches and implementations of democratic attitudes and behaviors in schools has been aimed. To achieve this purpose, the pre-service teachers’, who has gone to primary and high school for teaching practice in Çanakkale (Turkey) in 2005-2006, observation reports have been used. Schools are the laboratories where the democracy culture and conscious are composed. In democratic systems, schools are the important organizations for teaching democracy. Democracy education should be taught as theoretical and practical. Democracy is a life philosophy. So, the knowledge of democratic values and attitudes is not enough, it has to be transferred to life. Education has importance on democracy than training. The approaches and implementations that related with democratic attitudes and behaviors can be differentiated in many times. When democratic values are accepted in generally, there is been up against lacks of implementations. This study’s importance is the comparing and describing of similarities and differences between democratic approach and implementation in schools through pre-service teachers’ observations and discussing on methods about democracy education. The universe of research is composed of primary and high schools in the Çanakkale City Center. The sample is defined randomly from schools that pre-service teachers have gone for practicing. The reports, that pre-service teachers wrote as composition, has been analyzed using content analyze. According to pre-service teachers, there are significant differences between democratic attitudes/behaviors and practicing in schools.
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