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Something Happened While Nobody Was Looking: The Growth of International Education and the Chinese Learner

Gordon Slethaug

in International Education and the Chinese Learner

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028450
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028450.003.0002
Something Happened While Nobody Was Looking: The Growth of International Education and the Chinese Learner

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This chapter focuses on the development of international education and the impact on Chinese learners. Recognizing the force of globalization and the need for basic education, international leaders as far back as the mid-twentieth century have created strategies and guidelines to make educational opportunities available worldwide, so that individuals and countries could participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, globalization. The first part of the chapter discusses traditional education situated on the local, regional, and national levels. Then, the chapter talks about global education, with some of the first hints of the magnitude of the change seen in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's comparison of student examination results country by country as well as rapidly multiplying international rankings of universities. It also discusses about the escalation of boarding and international schools, International Baccalaureate programs, and international exchanges of university students and faculty members.

Keywords: international education; Chinese learners; globalization; traditional education; global education; International Baccalaureate programs; international exchanges

Chapter.  9395 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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