Candidate Teachers’ Democratic Attitudes and their Democratic Participation Level. – May 19-20, 2017

Özbek, Özlem Yeşim
Taneri, Pervin Oya
Encouraging citizens to participate in democratic processes and responding to many public spheres, including education policy, are key elements of participatory democracy. Formal and informal education is vital for the development of active citizenship, the quality of participation in a democratic society and the development of democratic cultures. teachers' roles in fostering the learning of democracy through active and participatory approaches are indispensable (Gollob et. al, 2007). Hence, the candidate teachers have a vital role in the adoption of the democratic way of life, both as the youth of the nation and as potential agents of change. Therefore, their political participation needs to be meaningful and effective. There is many researches on the role of young people in the in developing and maintaining of the democratic way of life in a society. As said by the report of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), 20 percent of the world’s population consists of young people aged between 15 and 25 years old. Although young people often participate in unofficial political events such as activism or civic participation, they are not officially embodied in national political institutions such as parliaments, and many do not participate in elections. This can adversely affect the quality of democratic governance. The uprising and various occupation movements in Arab countries between 2011 and 2012 showed that it is important to involve young people in official politics (UNDP, 2013).


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Ö. Y. Özbek and P. O. Taneri, “Candidate Teachers’ Democratic Attitudes and their Democratic Participation Level. – May 19-20, 2017,” Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017, p. 295, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: