International mindedness


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A presentation done by Andrew Vivian and Helen Morschel at the IBAP Regional conference in Hanoi, 2006

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International mindedness

  1. 1. Fostering and Maintaining International-Mindedness in a Mono-cultural School Helen Morschel and Andrew Vivian
  2. 2. Aim For participants to develop strategies to foster and maintain international- mindedness in their schools.
  3. 3. The people chosen for the introductory activity have origins in one country or culture, but spent most of their life, and became well-known, in a different setting.
  4. 4. In your group consider – • What is International Mindedness? • Are these people internationally minded? • What were your criteria for making these judgments?
  5. 5. What is the difference between: • Mono-cultural • Multicultural • International?
  6. 6. What is the difference between- • A national School • An international school • An international standard of education • An international education?
  7. 7. National School • Offers the curriculum of the country that it is in, or represents.
  8. 8. International Schools • Usually established to provide an education for expatriate students living outside their home country.
  9. 9. International Schools • Often established to deliver a curriculum from another country, (eg: America, Britain or Singapore) using teachers predominantly from this home country.
  10. 10. International Schools • The curriculum is often tailored to meet a specific audience, especially those who will return to the home country at some time during their education.
  11. 11. International Schools • Some international schools choose a varied curriculum, delivered by teachers from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
  12. 12. An International Standard of Education • A term used to describe a school which may, for example • Teach a franchised/licensed program from overseas, • Teach in English or another foreign language (taught by native-speaking teachers) • Uses resources and equipment brought from overseas
  13. 13. An International Education • Includes a focus on global issues, not just those of one particular country or culture. • Encourages students to understand that all cultures have equal validity and to practice tolerance and understanding, leading to a peaceful world. • Adopts values both across cultures and within each culture.
  14. 14. An International Education Has characteristics which should include- - Exposure to different cultures within the school - Exposure to different cultures outside the school - Teachers who demonstrate international- mindedness - A balanced, formal curriculum - Leadership that incorporates the values of internationalism
  15. 15. • NOT teaching groups of students of different nationalities • NOT studying the history, geography and customs of other countries • NOT arranging for foreign exchanges • NOT having a strong foreign languages department. An International education is: … though each of these might help - Prof. George Walker, former Director General, IBO
  16. 16. In groups consider - • What will international mindedness look like in my classroom/school and in my students? • How do we build curriculum around the principles of internationalism as expressed in the IBO mission statement?
  17. 17. IBO Mission Statement The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
  18. 18. Characteristic Evidence of Success Action Responsibility Curriculum Student Attitudes and Values Leadership School Community
  19. 19. Support readings: • “What does it Mean to Educate the Whole Child? – Nel Noddings, Educational Leadership – vol 63 No 1 • “Framework for a Curriculum that is International” – Kathy Short – IB World, November 2003 • “Becoming International” - Niki Singh, Educational Leadership, October 2002 • “International Education in Practice” - Mary Hayden, Jeff Thompson, George Walker – Routledge UK, ISBN:0749438355 • “Why a Global Curriculum Makes Sense” – Irene Davy, Dialogue for Canada’s Independent Schools – Spring 2006 (online)
  20. 20. Thank you for your participationThank you for your participation