International education is not just teaching your national curriculum overseas.

International education generally refers to educational programs, activities, and experiences that prepare students for global citizenship and enable them to participate effectively in a globalised world. It typically involves learning about different cultures, languages, and perspectives, as well as developing skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication.

International education can take many forms, including study abroad programs, language immersion programs, international schools, and curricula that incorporate global themes and perspectives. It is often characterised by a focus on developing students’ intercultural competence and preparing them to live and work in a diverse and interconnected world.

In contrast, a national curriculum taught overseas refers to a curriculum that is designed to meet the educational standards and requirements of a particular country or region. It may or may not include elements of international education, depending on the goals and priorities of the curriculum.

The key difference between international education and a national curriculum taught overseas is that the former is designed to prepare students for global citizenship and engagement, while the latter is primarily focused on meeting the educational needs and standards of a particular country or region. While there may be some overlap between the two, international education generally involves a broader and more diverse range of learning experiences and objectives.

Author: Dr Jake Madden

Jake Madden (Dip Teach; B.Ed; Grad Dip: Leadership; M. Ed: Leadership; EdD; FACEL; MACE) Dr. Jake Madden is currently the Principal, St Edward’s Primary School, Tamworth. He has enjoyed a successful teaching and principal leadership career over the last thirty years building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and is widely published in this area, authoring and co-authoring books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change.

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