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This Handbook analyzes the origins, contributions, and interpretations of international education. The authors identify approaches to research that will enhance our knowledge and understanding of the field, and extend and even redraw it, on the basis of the research evidence presented. Key features includes a historical overview of the ways in which the term "international education" has been interpreted; the theoretical interpretation of international education in its current context; international education in practice: exploration of the issues in terms of students, curricula, pedagogies, and organizing formal institutions; and conceptual challenges for international education in the future.

Fragmentation in International Schools: A Micropolitical Discourse of Management, Culture and Postmodern Society
Fragmentation in international schools: A micropolitical discourse of management, culture and postmodern society

Schools are fascinating constructs that are facing complex and challenging upheaval due to changing social times (Hargreaves 1994). International schools as unique phenomena have their own set of challenges with which to contend. The emergent paradoxes of postmodern society (Hargreaves 1995, 1997, 2000), especially the binaries of internationalism and tribalism, are part of this discourse. So too is the postmodern critique of the modernist hierarchical meta-narrative of schools as educational social norms. Schools can be viewed as positivist systems held together by authoritarian control, now becoming increasingly unravelled by greater individualism, the ‘end of society’ and hybrid meta-culture.

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