Written by an expert in the field of international education, this comprehensive guide examines the key themes of this evolving field. The book explores the various origins, definitions and classifications of international education, and considers the audiences it serves, including the students, teachers, parents and administrators. It also looks at issues including quality assurance and role of international schools in the future.

External Influences

External influences

The extent to which international schools identify themselves as part of a cluster of like-minded institutions or, alternatively, plough a lone furrow, varies enormously. Factors external to such schools which may impinge upon them to differing degrees are many and varied. A number will be discussed in this chapter, categorised in relation to:

  • the local community;
  • the global community; and
  • quality assurance.

The Local Community

In an age of Internet connections, efficient international travel and regular global mobility, the notion of what is meant by ‘local community’ for international schools is not at all clear. Bunnell highlights the lack of an explicit definition of the term ‘local community’, illustrating his point with reference to an American-oriented school in London which might conceivably perceive the state of Texas, ...

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