Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Xue Lan Rong
Increasing global social, economic, and cultural pressures are contributing to the need to rethink the objectives of international education, the current educational system to implement them, and how changes may be achieved. What is international education? Also called international studies or global education, it is interdisciplinary by nature and covers studies of aspects of different societies, including culture, language, and economic and political systems. International education can also deal with the interdependency of nations and the interconnectedness of world regions, events, and peoples. The focus can be on a single nation, comparisons of two or more nations, or an entire region. Less commonly, international education is used to refer to comparative education, that is, the study of different educational systems and their contexts or to the study of the education of international students. In this entry, international education will refer to international studies or global education in K–16 curricula in ...