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Educ. Sci. 2019, 9(1), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci9010009

Opinions and Expectations of Turkish and Foreign National Students Studying at Northern Cyprus Universities Concerning Multicultural and Inclusive/Integrated Education Settings

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Faculty of Art and Science, Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Near East University, Nicosia 99138, Northern Cyprus
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Atatürk Faculty of Education, Department of Turkish Teaching, Near East University, Nicosia 99138, Northern Cyprus
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The paper has been submitted as oral presentation in the “4th International Conference on Lifelong Education and Leadership for All-ICLEL” organized in Lower Silesia University Wroclaw-POLAND in 2018 (July 3–5), but has not been published. The article is an expanded version of the above mentioned paper.
Received: 27 November 2018 / Revised: 22 December 2018 / Accepted: 29 December 2018 / Published: 4 January 2019
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Abstract

As of 2018 there are 18 universities active in Northern Cyprus offering education. According to the data provided by the Ministry of Education, there are nearly 93,000 students studying in this country. Approximately 65,000 of these students are of Turkish origin (Republic of Turkey–Northern Cyprus) whereas 27,000 students are foreign nationals. An examination of the universities in Northern Cyprus shows that, in addition to Northern Cyprus nationals, students from various countries, such as Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Ghana, Brazil, Moldova, Brazil, and Ukraine, are studying in this country. Paying attention to the cultural and social structures of individuals in such a wide student spectrum is an extremely delicate, but essential, topic. Concepts such as race, ethnic origin, language, sexual orientation, age, special needs, social class, religion, and sect are elements of multiculturalism and inclusive/integrated education should be considered at every level of education, including university, thus education settings and curricula should be planned accordingly. In the paper, opinions of Turkish and foreign national students studying at Northern Cypriot universities in “multicultural and inclusive/integrated education settings” are obtained, their expectations are identified and comparisons and recommendations are provided. The conclusions drawn from the research indicate that fundamental expectations of students from multicultural in inclusive/integrated education settings is providing equal opportunity to education whilst making sure that everyone can have the chance for experiencing their culture properly. In addition, other expectations of students include organization of new activities for socialization, development and display of positive and supporting attitudes by lecturers towards different social groups and cultures and being able to easily express their ethnic identities in different settings in universities. Another conclusion obtained from this study is that Turkish students appear to have more positive opinions compared to foreign students in terms of experiencing multiculturalism in university settings in Northern Cyprus. View Full-Text
Keywords: multicultural education; inclusive/integrated education; foreign students; Northern Cyprus; university multicultural education; inclusive/integrated education; foreign students; Northern Cyprus; university
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Gökbulut, B.; Yeniasır, M.; Karabacak, H.E. Opinions and Expectations of Turkish and Foreign National Students Studying at Northern Cyprus Universities Concerning Multicultural and Inclusive/Integrated Education Settings. Educ. Sci. 2019, 9, 9.

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