Asian or international?

Exploring the tensions and opportunities offered by international schools in Asia for local students

Authored by: Lucy Bailey

Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138908499
eBook ISBN: 9781315694382
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The chapter analyzes the impact of increasing numbers of host country nationals on the nature of international schooling in Asia. By drawing on Cortazzi & Jin’s (2006) concept of cultures of learning and considering the relationship between international schooling and Western approaches to education, it explores the extent to which Asian students experience a culture clash when entering international schools in their own nations. Research from across the region identifies a number of tensions that may be exacerbated as a result of this increase:

Conflicting regulatory frameworks

Conflicting educational values

Conflicting social values

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