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.
Chapter 4: International School Students: Who They are
International School Students: Who They are
Given that international schools, as noted in Chapter 2, come in all shapes and sizes, it is entirely consistent that the population of students who attend them should not be homogeneous in any sense. This chapter will focus on the community of students that is the raison d'être of an international school, beginning with a consideration of who they are and some of their characteristics.
Not only does the population of international school students vary in terms of cultural, national and linguistic backgrounds and previous educational experience, there is also considerable variation in the reasons for students attending an international school in the first place. Students at United World Colleges, for instance, are generally there ...