The Impact of Peace Education Programme at University on University Students Intercultural Sensitivity


Arslan Y., Günçavdı G. , Polat S.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol.174, pp.2301-2307, 2015 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 174
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.01.891
  • Title of Journal : Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Page Numbers: pp.2301-2307

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of Peace Education Programme (PEP) that is applied to university students on their intercultural sensitivity. The participants of this study consist of 25 university students who took Peace Education course which was an elective course. This study is pre-experimental. Intercultural Sensitivity Scale developed by Chen and Starosta (2000) was used as data collection tool. Pre-test was applied to the students who chose this course before the programme started. Then, at the last week of the course, post test was applied. It was found out there was a significant difference between participants' pre-test intercultural sensitivity scores and post-test intercultural sensitivity scores (Z=-1.117; p=0.00<0.05). Also it was found out that there was a significant difference between participants' pre-test and post-test scores of interaction engagement (Z=-3.162; p= 0.00< 0.05) and their pre-test and post-test scores of interaction attentiveness (Z=-1.735; p= 0.00<0.05) which are the sub-dimensions of intercultural sensitivity. However, it was found out that there was not a significant difference between participants' pre-test and post-test scores of respect for cultural differences (Z=-0.948; p=0.07>0.05), their pre-test and post-test scores of interaction confidence (Z=-1.189; p=0.137>0.05), and their pre-test and post-test scores of interaction enjoyment (Z=0.85; p=0.172>0.05) which are the sub-dimensions of intercultural sensitivity. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.