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

Ledger, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-7050-1001 (2016) International schools engaging at the local level: Breaking through the perceived cultural bubble. In: 31st Annual Research Forum. Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER): Local Research, Global Focus, 6 August 2016, Tannock Hall, The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.

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 disconnected from the local whilst engaging with the global. 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, enabled students, teachers and the community to celebrate and embrace difference locally.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Conference Website: http://www.waier.org.au/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58387
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