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Does international education deliver what it promises?

Nov 30, 2021

ISC Research has published a new report on today’s international school student profile and how the promise of an international education has resulted in the dramatic growth in the market.

Does international education deliver what it promises?

Nov 30, 2021 | Market Intelligence

ISC Research has published a new report on today’s international school student profile and how the promise of an international education has resulted in the dramatic growth in the market.

Many international schools now welcome a large proportion of local children as well as expatriates from all regions of the world, and promote their international education offering as a way of attracting enrolments. The new report includes results of research with current international school students and alumni into what an international education during their school age years has meant to them.

The report highlights that there is no one common definition of international mindedness and, although many international schools adopt the International Baccalaureate’s definition of international mindedness, many use it loosely or interchangeably with such terms as ‘global mindedness’ and ‘cultural intelligence’.

The report suggests there is no current solution designed to effectively measure and track the development of international mindedness in children and shares the results of research conducted with international school students, teachers and alumni when 100% of respondents said that international mindedness had not knowingly been measured in their classrooms.

When asked what international mindedness meant to them, responses varied significantly. These are published in the report which calls for new solutions to support international schools in supporting the development of international mindedness. The free report from ISC Research is available to download here.

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