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 5: Globally-Mobile Students: The International School Experience
Globally-Mobile Students: The International School Experience
Following discussion in Chapter 4 of some of the characteristics of children attending international schools, this chapter will consider the school experience of one group in particular: the so-called Global Nomad or Third Culture Kid (TCK). At first glance, many TCKs appear privileged. They ‘generally have parents who are successful in their sphere of work and who have high educational expectations for their children’ (Sears, 1998: 18) and tend therefore to be relatively affluent and well educated, with international travel a regular occurrence as well as access to all the latest technology and other attributes of a prosperous professional lifestyle. And indeed they are privileged, in many respects. It would be dangerous to assume, ...