London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Multiculturalism and teacher preparedness to deal with the new reality

Author(s) Spinthourakis & Katsillis:  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
Geopolitical, social and economic factors have in recent years altered the once monocultural nature of Greek society. In recent decades the numbers of students of different ages representing different ethnic origins and speaking Greek as a second language has increased dramatically in Greek public school classrooms. Are teachers prepared to deal with the ever- changing paradigm of education and help all students integrate and become effective citizens of Greece and of Europe? This paper discusses issues related to Greek teachers' readiness and their related beliefs and attitudes within the context of multiculturalism and integration, with examples drawn from studies conducted in the Western Peloponnese which has over 4,000 elementary school teachers.

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