Purpose: This research aims to determine the relationship between the perceptions of teacher candidates towards the cultural effect of globalization and their attitudes towards multicultural education.
Research Methods: The sample group consisted of 213 teacher candidates. In the study’s personal information form, the scale of attitude towards multicultural education and the scale of perceptions of the cultural effect of globalization were used. Teacher candidates’ attitudes towards multicultural education and their perceptions of the cultural effect of globalization indicated a difference according to some variables, which was analyzed with Mann-Whitney U (MWU) and Kruskall-Wallis H (KWH) tests. In order to examine the relationship between teacher candidates’ perceptions of the cultural effect of globalization and their attitudes towards multicultural education, the Pearson correlation coefficient technique was carried out. In addition, a hierarchic regression technique was utilized in the examination of the relations between variables.
Findings: A significant positive relationship was confirmed between the perceptions regarding cultural effect of globalization and their attitudes towards multicultural education. It is seen that there is a significant difference in accordance with the variable of what kind of high school the teacher candidates graduated from within the perceptions regarding the cultural effect of globalization.
Implications for Research and Practice: It is seen that teachers’ perceptions of the cultural effect of globalization has an effect on their attitudes regarding multicultural education. Multiculturalism and globalization should be added to class content at every level of the teacher training program.
Keywords: Globalization, multiculturalism, multicultural education, teacher candidates