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Breaking through the cultural bubble: International schools engaging at the local level

Ledger, S. (2016) Breaking through the cultural bubble: International schools engaging at the local level. International Schools Journal, XXXVI (1).

Abstract

All too often international schools are criticized for operating within a cultural bubble that protects and shelters expatriate teachers and families from the local community context. The advent of technology has further enhanced the ability for international schools and families to remain engaged globally whilst at the same time disengaging locally. This paper explores ways in which three remote international schools in Indonesia broke through the perceived cultural bubble to embrace and celebrate the difference at their doorstep. The findings revealed pedagogical and intercultural cross fertilization of ideas and learning experiences that spanned cognitive and affective domains. The importance of culturally relevant practices and two-way learning were highlighted in the development of intercultural competence for students, teachers and the community.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: John Catt
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URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/37706
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