International Schools Vs. Public Schools

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There are more international schools emerge in the past decade and teachers who choose to teach overseas face more challenges than they or their colleagues can understand. Most of the differences and challenges presented in front of international teachers are due to the cross- cultural environment they are exposed to. Examples will be drawn from multiply countries to indicate a transnational context in order to further demonstrate the differences between teachers in overseas international schools, and teachers in a national schooling system as well as the potential advantages and disadvantages for being international teachers under such regime.
The emergence of international schools was due to large amount of western people migrate overseas in 1950 and they want their children to study in a western education system (Heyward 2002). Whereas with the rise of globalization and the development of technology, national boundaries start to get vague and gradually disappear. Most of the financial, legal as well as cultural associations are facing pressure and innovative changes underneath globalization (Bagnall 2012). Under this context, international schools start to transform into a big melting pot with students from different economic and ethnic backgrounds. Gellar (1981, cited in Bagnall 2008, p. 8) gave a contemporary definition to international schools, these schools should enrol students of multiple nations and culture, should have the ability to notice that different…

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