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Being, Becoming, and Belonging:Exploring Hong Kong-Chinese Students’ Experiences of the Social Realities of International Schooling

Eric Jabal

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/9789888028450.003.0005
Being, Becoming, and Belonging:Exploring Hong Kong-Chinese Students’ Experiences of the Social Realities of International Schooling

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This chapter considers the lived schooling realities of ten Hong Kong-Chinese international school students. It uses data from a mixed-method PhD study undertaken to understand better student engagement within the international schools in Hong Kong. This research agenda arises from professional experiences in France and Hong Kong as an international school teacher-administrator and from scholarly understanding developed as a graduate student in the United Kingdom and Canada. The specific research interest stems from concern about the ways in which international schools seem to “look after the interests of some more privileged social groups better than [they] look after the interests of some other sociocultural groups.” Though all schools ought to respond to the voices of the diverse range of people, the chapter believes that private schools, in particular, many of which are part of the international education arena, have an even greater duty and opportunity to achieve the twin aims of inclusivity and excellence.

Keywords: lived schooling; international school; Hong Kong; private schools; social groups; international education

Chapter.  6410 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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