Engaging the Pedagogic
Chapter Four: Lessons from Overseas Teaching: International Schools in the Global South
This chapter turns from the much more highly publicized ‘study abroad’ industry with its investments in intercultural competence and adaptation research (Savicki, 2008), to the context of international school teaching that has barely begun to be taken up as a phenomenon worthy of study and academic research. With international school growth exploding in certain regions of the world, ever greater numbers of Anglo-Westerners are teaching in private, English-medium international schools found in virtually every major city of the world. Albeit, as Hayden and Thompson (2008) note:
Accurate and comprehensive data about the teaching populations of international schools as a whole is almost impossible to find. Experience suggests, however, that while there are, indeed, many British and American teachers to be found in such schools, they have been joined more recently by increasing numbers of Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders (p. 54).
Despite the existence of precise estimates, thousands of Canadian- and U.S.-certified teachers are currently teaching internationally. There is scant available research that tracks the movement or examines the experiences of these teachers in their international contexts. Nevertheless, ‘overseas teaching’ represents a uniquely rich context to examine the (transformative) effects of international experience. One advantage of researching overseas teachers is the longer-term duration of their international experience, which is typi ← 61 | 62 → cally at least two years of living abroad. Another advantage is that, as international school teachers, these Anglo-Westerners are often deemed to be ambassadors of intercultural respect and understanding as they take up their...
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