Teachers' intercultural sensitivity in Greek public schools

NATALIA CHRANIOTI, EUGENIA ARVANITIS

Abstract

This paper explores the intercultural sensitivity of primary school teachers and therefore their ability to communicate effectively in multicultural contexts. A survey of 148 Greek school teachers was conducted applying the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale of Chen and Starosta. Participants drawn from four Geographical prefectures. Analysis of research data revealed a very satisfactory degree of intercultural sensitivity, with participants achieving a total score of 98.6 out of 120. All five factors of the scale, namely “Interaction Engagement”, “Respect for Cultural Differences”, “Interaction Confidence”, “Interaction Enjoyment” and “Interaction Attentiveness”, revealed high scores but with some mean variations.

Keywords

Intercultural sensitivity, interaction engagement, enjoyment, attentiveness, confidence, cultural differences, respect, Greek teachers

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26220/une.2894

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Educational Journal of the University of Patras UNESCO Chair | ISSN: 2241-9152 | Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education University of Patras

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