International Education: A Reflection During the Time of a Global Pandemic

Proceedings of ‏The 3rd International Academic Conference on Education

Year: 2021


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International Education: A Reflection During the Time of a Global Pandemic

Stephanie Hollings



International education has numerous definitions, is used in variously contexts and is notoriously not well-defined (Hayden & Thompson, 1995a). This paper draws on two distinct aspects of international education i.e. the idea of an education that goes beyond borders and is considered to generally focus on the movement of students and teachers internationally and then the idea of international education being an approach to education (Peters, 2019). Employing these two definitions, international education will be looked at through the growth and changes in two of the main facilitators of international education. Firstly, international schools in order to aid the look at international education as an approach to education. Secondly higher education and internationally mobile students as a way to illuminate the definition of international education as an education that goes beyond borders. That being said, more emphasis will be placed on international schools and the idea of international education as a method of education. By looking at what does it mean to be international, what is an international school and what ideologies are commonly associated with international education, more light will be reflected on how international education is being seen in the literature and how that has shifted over time by moving through distinct phases and waves. Reflecting on the paradigm shift of international education in the context of international schools and to a lesser extent higher education, the author will argue that there is a need to embrace the duality of what international education is and what it can be, as seen through a time of a global pandemic.

Keywords: International education, international student, international school, international ideology.