International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Volume 6 Issue 1 (February 2010)

Original articles

Issue Information

pp. 1 - 5



Assessing Cultural Competence in Graduating   Students

Hermeet K. Kohli, Amarpreet S. Kohli, Ruth Huber & Anna C. Faul

pp. 6 - 27


Twofold purpose of this study was to develop a framework to understand cultural competence in graduating social work students, and test that framework for appropriateness and predictability using multivariate statistics. Scale and predictor variables were collected using an online instrument from a nationwide convenience sample of  graduating social work students (n = 513) from 43 institutions accredited    by CSWE.  Results revealed that there was a  good fit between the statistical model   and data collected.  The best fit model suggested that different demographic variables   of respondents had varying effects on knowledge, attitude and belief, and skill components of cultural competence. Amount of education in human diversity and age were the two variables that affected their cross-cultural knowledge. Amount of  education in human diversity, political affiliation, and  years  of  education  affected their own attitudes and beliefs while working with diverse populations.   The amount    of education in human diversity,  gender,  ethnicity,  spirituality,  political  affiliation, and years in social work job were the 6 demographic variables of the respondents that influenced their skills when working with people from diverse backgrounds. Implications for education and practice are  discussed.

Keywords: cultural competence, Cross-Cultural Inventory, multivariate statistics

An Evaluation of Teachers’ Perceptions of Teaching Social Skills to Fifth Grade Students within the Scope of Social Studies  Lessons

Cavus Sahin

pp. 28 - 46


The purpose was to evaluate teachers’ perceptions of teaching social skills to Fifth  grade students using social studies lessons. The survey model has been used as  a research method. The 5th grade teachers working in elementary schools in Canakkale province included in the scope of the study have been interviewed and a questionnaire has been formulated in this direction. Statistical methods as “r-test”, “F-test”, “t-test” besides %  (percentage) and mean ( X   ) have been used in terms of variables. Results    of the study indicates that social skill levels found according to the social skill points    in the research were adequate; teachers who have not  participated  in  in-service  training activities have the ability to teach students in observation skills better with respect to those who have not undergone such training. There was no significant relationship between effectively instructing students in sub-aspects of social skills by teachers and the educational status and occupational seniority of those   teachers.

Keywords: Elementary education, social skills, class teacher, social studies lesson

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