During the last decades there has been an enormous increase in the number of students with different cultural backgrounds in schools in The Netherlands, as in many Western countries. School teachers are required to have the competences to handle such cultural differences. The present study collected data on these variables via a self-report questionnaire administered to teachers of culturally diverse Senior Secondary Vocational Education and Training (SSVET) schools. In total, 898 teachers from 20 SSVET schools completed the survey. Teachers experienced tensions from relatively limited to fairly frequent. Regarding their competencies, teachers attributed them-selves a positive attitude towards multicultural education, perceived to have some degree of multicultural teaching skills and perceived their degree of multicultural education know-ledge neutral. Teachers’ self-perceived multicultural knowledge, attitudes and skills had varied associations with the different experienced value-based tensions. Whereas the degree of self-perceived skill showed a positive relationship with most experienced tensions, attitudes and knowledge showed a negative relationship. These results suggest that perceiving to have more skills leads to experiencing more tensions. Teachers in the lower levels of SSVET, younger teachers, teachers in schools with a larger population of teachers from migrant backgrounds, teachers with more training and teachers in need of training experienced more tensions. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Multiculturele competenties en waardengeladen spanningen: zelfpercepties van docenten in het middelbaar beroepsonderwijs
|Published - 2022
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Teachers self-perceived multicultural competence and their experience of culturally loaden value-based tensions in Senior Secondary Vocational Education
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