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Intercultural Sensitivity and Ethnocentrism Levels of Theology Students in a Turkish University Sample

Department of Religious Education, A. K. Faculty of Theology, Necmettin Erbakan University, 42090 Konya, Turkey
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Religions 2020, 11(5), 237; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11050237
Received: 4 March 2020 / Revised: 14 April 2020 / Accepted: 20 April 2020 / Published: 12 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Intercultural Education and Religions)
In this study, we aimed to examine the intercultural sensitivity levels and ethnocentrism levels, as well as some variables that affect them, of students studying in the Necmettin Erbakan University Theology Faculty in Turkey. A descriptive survey research method was adopted to realize this aim. The Intercultural Sensitivity Scale and the Generalized Ethnocentrism Scale were used as the data collection tools. The sample of the study consisted of 326 students studying in the Necmettin Erbakan University Faculty of Theology during the 2018–2019 academic year. According to our findings, the intercultural sensitivity level of the theology students was “high,” whereas their ethnocentrism level was “low.” The intercultural sensitivity levels of the theology students differed based on age and exposure to individuals from another country or culture. Ethnocentrism levels in the students differed based on gender, the nationality of the students (Europe, Turkey, Asia-Africa), the size of the settlement unit, and exposure to individuals from different countries or cultures. View Full-Text
Keywords: Turkey; theology students; intercultural; intercultural sensitivity; ethnocentrism Turkey; theology students; intercultural; intercultural sensitivity; ethnocentrism
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Erdogan, I.; Okumuslar, M. Intercultural Sensitivity and Ethnocentrism Levels of Theology Students in a Turkish University Sample. Religions 2020, 11, 237.

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