Cultural awareness among preschool teachers in Selangor, Malaysia

Rohaty Mohd Majzub, Salasiah Hashim, H. S. Elis Johannes

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    Abstract

    Malaysia is a multiracial nation and has engineered nation building through its education system. The preschools being the first stage of education has been earmarked as the mechanism to create multicultural awareness. The National Unity Preschools (JAPNIN) addressed the issue of national unity through teacher training and curriculum for unity. This paper reports the findings of a study on multicultural awareness among preschool teachers in Malaysia. A stratified random sample of 144 preschool teachers in the state of Selangor was selected. The instrument of the study was adapted from the Cultural Diversity Awareness Inventory (Gertrude, 1986). Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. The main finding highlighted that the majority of preschool teachers have high level of cultural awareness in both homogenous and heterogenous classes (3.77 and 3.64). Independent T test results showed there was no significant difference for teachers' multicultural awareness between homogenous and heterogeneous classes. The results indicated the need for further training to sustain and enhance multicultural awareness as well as to improve documentation of the findings for future references. Further research should focus on a qualitative approach.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Pages1573-1579
    Number of pages7
    Volume15
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011 - Istanbul, Turkey
    Duration: 3 Feb 20117 Feb 2011

    Other

    Other3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011
    CountryTurkey
    CityIstanbul
    Period3/2/117/2/11

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    Malaysia
    Education
    Cultural Diversity
    national unity
    teacher
    Documentation
    Curriculum
    inferential statistics
    Equipment and Supplies
    cultural diversity
    state formation
    descriptive statistics
    research focus
    teacher training
    Research
    random sample
    education system
    documentation
    curriculum
    education

    Keywords

    • Cultural awareness
    • Multicultural
    • Preschool

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Psychology(all)

    Cite this

    Majzub, R. M., Hashim, S., & Elis Johannes, H. S. (2011). Cultural awareness among preschool teachers in Selangor, Malaysia. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 15, pp. 1573-1579) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.333

    Cultural awareness among preschool teachers in Selangor, Malaysia. / Majzub, Rohaty Mohd; Hashim, Salasiah; Elis Johannes, H. S.

    Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. p. 1573-1579.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Majzub, RM, Hashim, S & Elis Johannes, HS 2011, Cultural awareness among preschool teachers in Selangor, Malaysia. in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 15, pp. 1573-1579, 3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2011, Istanbul, Turkey, 3/2/11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.333
    Majzub RM, Hashim S, Elis Johannes HS. Cultural awareness among preschool teachers in Selangor, Malaysia. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15. 2011. p. 1573-1579 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.333
    Majzub, Rohaty Mohd ; Hashim, Salasiah ; Elis Johannes, H. S. / Cultural awareness among preschool teachers in Selangor, Malaysia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 15 2011. pp. 1573-1579
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