The focus of this thesis is to study the attitude of preschool teachers and their assistants as well as the attitude of parents towards cultural diversity that integrates ethnic prejudices and stereotypes.
The theoretical part of the thesis presents the concept of multicultural society, prejudices and stereotypes. The main focus is on how the children, parents, preschool teachers and their assistants develop, deny and form these prejudices and stereotypes. I emphasize the importance of kindergarten, which presents the primary environment in which a child encounters difference for the first time. Moreover, the thesis provides greater emphasis on fairy tales as a means of promoting tolerance.
The empirical part of the thesis is based on the qualitative method and exploratory research. The main purpose of the research was to find out the meaning of fairy tales and how much attention and in what way it is given to cultural diversity, especially through literature in kindergarten and at home. I obtained data through interviews with preschool teachers and their assistants as well as through interviews with focus groups in which mothers participated.