Intercultural Tolerance Programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

By U Turkyilmaz.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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The purpose of this study is to explore if the strategies developed by three Bosnian private schools increased students’ tolerance towards other cultures. Among many other initiatives taken by the schools, the schools made visits to students’ homes, invited them to their homes, conducted seminars, organized field trips in and out of the country, offered courses about multiculturalism, and provided read-at-home books about multiculturalism. The purpose of this study was to explore if the strategies developed by three Bosnian private schools increased students’ tolerance towards other cultures. Among many other initiatives taken by the schools, the schools made visits to students’ homes, invited them to their homes, conducted seminars and organized field trips in and out of the country. The Principal Component and Varimax Rotation methods were used for the extraction of factors. The results of the data analysis reached several significant results. One-way regression test results showed that three major components of the programs-Domestic Contact, Abroad Contact, and In-school Engagements-have a significant, positive impact on student attitudes in higher grades. The Pearson Correlation Coefficient test results also indicated that multicultural programs are most effective when both curricular and extra-curricular programs are combined.

Keywords: Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity, Tolerance, Prejudice Reduction

International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.19-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 402.725KB).

U Turkyilmaz

Director of Prep School, International Burch University, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr. Ugur Turkyilmaz is currently the ELT Department Chair at International Burch University in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dr. Turkyilmaz completed his undergraduate studies at 19 Mayis University in Turkey in the field of English Language Teaching.He received his Master of Arts degree from Alverno College, USA in Educational Leadership and Supervision in 2004. In 2012, he earned his PhD from International Burch University, Sarajevo in Applied Linguistics. His research interests are language, EFL, ESL, diversity, multiculturalism, multicultural education, school leadership, cultural sensitivity, intercultural tolerance and globalization.