How would you describe democracy in three words? Prospective teachers’ understanding of the concept of democracy

In successful democracies, teachers are expected to display strong support to and have knowledge about democracy, and show of democratic attitudes. However, little is known about how prospective teachers understand and describe democracy. This research is intended to disclose the perceptions of teacher candidates on the concepts of democracy. Teachers’ and prospective teachers’ understanding of the concept of democracy, which will affect how future generations think about the democracy, have been subject to many researches. This paper reports on a study of the ideological beliefs of 234 teacher candidates, who took pedagogical formation in Çankırı Karatekin University during the period of 2016-2017. Teacher candidates were asked two open-ended question and three rating questions in order to understand their conceptualization of democracy. Frequencies and percentages are calculated on the data. The data were analyzed by content analysis method. The research revealed that prospective teachers describe democracy with the concepts of justice, freedom and equality.


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P. O. Taneri, “How would you describe democracy in three words? Prospective teachers’ understanding of the concept of democracy,” Manisa, Turkey, 2018, p. 58, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: