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.

The Curriculum

The curriculum

Previous chapters have focused on issues relating to a number of different communities central to the functioning of an international school. No less central to the functioning of such a school is the curriculum, the means by which expectations of the various communities may be realised and to which they all relate in some way whether by determining policy as to its nature, delivering it, experiencing it as a learner or taking it into account as a deciding factor in the choice of school.

If we accept Lawton's assertion that the curriculum is a selection from the culture of a society, leading to a list of cultural priorities for schools in best maintaining and developing that culture (1989), it quickly becomes apparent how ...

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