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					  comenius project “birds”
The results obtained in the questionnaire for investigating
 teachers’ opinions regarding the intercultural education
           “Gh.I Bratianu” School Iaşi, Romania

                                                   Teachers:
                                               Gabriela Iancu
                                              Roxana Melinte
    The structure of the investigated group

A. According to the sex:
     - 15 female teachers
     - 2 mail teachers


B. According to the experience in teaching:
     - Up to 15 years old – 4
     - Between 15 and 30 years old – 8
     - Over 30 years old – 5
1.   How and in what context have you found out for
     the first time about the concept of intercultural
                        education?


     -   Mass-media – 9
     -   From some courses – 8
     -   Different publications – 5
     -   School activities – 4
     -   Comenius project “Birds”- 3
     -   From High school - 2
How and in what context have you found out for the first time
       about the concept of intercultural education?


            High school

 Comenius project Birds

         Some courses

       School activities

  Different publications

           Mass-media

                           0   2      4         6      8   10
                                   Number of answers
2. Write in the order of their importance the first five
words you think about when you hear the expression
              “ intercultural education ”:

  Tolerance 11
    Harmony 8
           Diversity 7
                 Respect
                    Culture
                       Dialogue
                         Traditions
                              Nationalities
                                      Participation
-   Collaboration
-   Communication
-   Curiosity
-   Education
-    Socialization
-   Spirituality
-   Fact
-    Negative aspects
-    The fight against discrimination
-   Fairness
-    Unity
3. Name situations/realities that , in your opinion, impose the
    necessity of the intercultural dimensions of education:

      - The presence of students of a different ethnicity in the
        school- cultural diversity
      - The contact with other countries/cultures than the
        native one
      - The avoidance of interethnic conflicts and tensions
      - The elimination of prejudices and stereotypes
      - The marginalization of the students of different
        ethnicities
      - Migration
      - Desire to go to another country
      - The presence of international schools
      - Communication (any kind)
4. The current educational system from our country is in favor of the
     promotion of intercultural education to the national level




              14


                                                     0              0
                                  3

       Total agreement   Partial agreement       Partial        Total
                                             disagreement   disagreement
 5. The intercultural education requires a reevaluation of the
curriculum (mainly its contents) and of the didactic strategies.

            14




                           3

                                        0              0

         Total        Partial       Partial        Total
      agreement     agreement   disagreement   disagreement
6. The application of the intercultural education programs is
   appropriate in the school where I carry out my activity




       14

                        3
                                      0             0



          Total      Partial       Partial        Total
       agreement   agreement   disagreement   disagreement
   7. If you could contribute to the elaboration of an intercultural
education program, which would be the main suggestions you would
                                make?


       - Valuing the specific of different cultures and knowing
         the different ethnicities
       - Promoting the actively participative strategies
       - Experimental learning
       - Cultivating the traditions and keeping the customs
       - Involving the parents in the educative activities
       - Training the tolerance spirit and the management of
         conflicts
       - Informal activities with intercultural character
8. Mention the attitudes that you consider the pupils should
         form through the intercultural education:

     -   Tolerance
     -   Respect for the different people
     -   Accepting diversity
     -   Altruism
     -   Correctness
     -   Cooperation
     -   Collaboration
     -   Communication
     -   Curiosity
     -   The interest for the other’s culture
9. Mention the knowledge and abilities that can be acquired
       by pupils through the intercultural education:

  - Knowledge about the culture, language, history
    and civilization of other ethnics;
  - Knowledge about the values and traditions of
    some groups from the different socio-cultural
    groups
  - The ability to cooperate/collaborate with the
    different people around you
  - The ability to respect the persons around you
  - The enlargement of the cultural horizon
    10. Which are, in your opinion, the institutions
responsible with providing an intercultural education?

      - School
      - Continuous training institutions (universities, teachers’
        institutions, professional associations)
      - Non-governmental organizations
      - Family
      - Mass-media
      - Community institutions (the church, libraries, museums
        etc)
      11. Which are, in your opinion, the professional
     categories that are able to provide an intercultural
                         education?

-   Teachers
-   Cultural animators
-   Social assistants
-   Priests
-   School counselors
-   Specialists (ethnographers, linguists, museographers etc.)
 12. Should intercultural education especially
   address come categories of population?

- 7 subjects answered affirmatively.
     - Argumentation: the intercultural education addresses:
     - The pupils from disfavored environments and who do
       not have access to information
     - The pupils belonging to some ethnical minorities
     - The parents who have a low educational level
- 12 subjects answered negatively.
     - Argumentation: all the categories of pupils from school
       must be involved in the intercultural education without
       any difference
13. As a teacher, to what extent do you consider that
 your professional practice provides an intercultural
    dimension to the education offered to pupils?

                                    10

                                               4
      0         0        3
14. Give a mark to the following aspects, according to
the importance you think they have in contouring the
     intercultural dimension of school education
The order of importance according to the answers received is:
   1. The atmosphere in the class and school
   2. The general aptitudes from the family and community
       environment
   3. The abidance of some democratic principles and values
   4. The relationships teacher-pupil
   5. The methods used
   6. The goals/objectives to achieve within the lessons
   7. The relationships pupil-pupil
   8. The access to complementary information sources
   9. The evaluation criteria
   10. The subject taught
   15. Identify the professional roles you
accomplish when providing the intercultural
                  education
 - Facilitator of the group activities
 - Mediator in the confrontation /conflict situation
 - Counselor for the understanding or solving of
   some situations
 - Moderator of some discussions
  16. Mention 3 methods you predominantly use for
  ensuring an intercultural dimension to education :

The highest frequency was registered for the following methods:
       - Conversation (with all its types)
       - Problematization
       - Role play
       - Case study
       - Explanation
17. Mention other activities, besides the classes, that
 you carry out with pupils in order to emphasize the
        intercultural dimension of education
     -   School festivities
     -   Excursions
     -   Projects
     -   Visits to museums, libraries
     -   Watching movies
     -   Club activities
     -   Spare time activities
     -   Volunteer activities
                      Conclusions
-    The teachers are very well informed regarding the specific of
    intercultural education

- School offers a favorable background for the development of
  some projects in the field of intercultural education.

- Regarding the school educational practice, the school carries
  out activities and puts into practice working methods with
  pupils ensuring the necessary level of knowledge and abilities
  for the social cohabitation in multicultural environments

				
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