Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1740

Full Length Research Paper

Perceptions of democracy of foreign students studying at Mustafa Kemal University

Servet HALİ
  • Servet HALİ
  • Department of Social Science Teaching, Faculty of Education, Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Turkey.
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Fatih ÖZYURT
  • Fatih ÖZYURT
  • Department of Social Science Teaching, Faculty of Education, Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 21 October 2018
  •  Accepted: 10 December 2018
  •  Published: 10 February 2019

Abstract

In Turkey, foreign students are studying in most of the universities. On July 15, 2016, these students faced a treacherous coup attempt against democracy and were able to witness the Turkish people's reaction to the coup attempt. The aim of this study is to examine the views of foreign students studying at Mustafa Kemal University on democracy. In the literature, foreign students who studied in Turkey have been searched in terms of many variables, but because foreign students not seen in a study examining the perception of democracy, this research has seen momentous. The sample of the study composed of foreign students studying at Mustafa Kemal University. In this study, qualitative research was applied as a data collection method. The opinions of the students were taken with the interview form and the collected information was evaluated from the educational point of view. In this study, the descriptive survey model, which is one of the general surveying methods, is used. "The Perception of Democracy of Foreign Students" questionnaire was applied to measure the perceptions of democracy of foreign students in the university. By taking into consideration various variables, it is concluded that foreign students are sensitive about democracy and anti-democratic events.

 

Key words: Foreign students, democracy, sense of democracy, The Arab Spring.