Factors Affecting Perception of Multiculturalism

Saygili G.

5th Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research (CYICER), Kyrenia, CYPRUS, 31 March - 02 April 2016, vol.3, pp.404-411 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 3
  • Doi Number: 10.18844/gjhss.v3i3.1587
  • City: Kyrenia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.404-411
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study is to examine individual's perceptions of multiculturalism, according to some demographic variables. A total of 899 people including 400 male and 499 female working in different occupations in the city centre in Isparta participated in this research. "Perceptions of Multicultural Competence Scale" developed by Basbay and Kagnici (2011) is used to identify multiculturalism perceptions of the participants. Frequency analysis in SPSS 22.0 software, Mann-Whitney U test and Kruskal-Wallis H test are utilized in the statistical analysis of the data obtained from this study. At the end of the study, in the scale's sub-dimensions 'awareness' and 'knowledge', scores of the participants are found to be moderate. Female participants' level of awareness are found to be higher than that of males (p<0.05), on the other hand, it is observed that the scores of the participants in the same sub-dimensions there is no statistically significant difference in terms of their marital status (p>0.05). Besides, participants' perception of multiculturalism differs statistically significant in terms of their occupations and educational levels (p<0.05), and it is concluded that number of siblings is not an important determinant on the perception of multiculturalism (p>0.05).