International education: Stakeholder values and perceptions

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Dan Keller—The World View Project

This study investigates the perspectives of international education held by stakeholders of international schools. The extent to which stakeholders valued international education was sought and how well the implementation of education matched their expectations was examined. A mixed-methods sequential study examined stakeholder values and perceptions, using a cross-sectional survey, and related them to demographic and contextual factors. The survey data were subjected to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. The qualitative phase used three different cross-section methods: survey comments, focus group interviews, and personal interviews. 483 parent and staff stakeholders of international schools, part of a corporate for-profit network in the United Arab Emirates, responded to the survey. Results showed that international education was highly valued by the respondents, with significant differences related to the factors of school, primary language, educational attainment and role in school (staff or parent). Stakeholders perceived international education was implemented less well, with significant differences related to the factors of school, number of international schools experienced and role in school.

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