|Author(s)||Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, Ewa Topczewska, Malgorzata Derkowska|
|Editor||Alistair Ross, Young Citizens in Europe|
In terms of nationality and religion, Poland is a relatively homogeneous country. As the country prepares to join the European Union, the problem of Polish attitudes towards different cultures is of primary importance. Our research tries to answer the question: are young Poles tolerant? We interpret tolerance as a combination of knowledge, experience and acceptance, and concentrate on primary school pupils (aged 7-12). We examine the links between the level of tolerance displayed by children, the multicultural content of syllabuses and teachers' perceptions of tolerance. This area is particularly interesting as the Polish educational system until now controlled by the government is about to undergo radical transformations that will give teachers more freedom and independence in their choice of curriculum activities. This research is based on individual case studies; it began in 1999 and will continue for three years.