The International Mindedness journey

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The paper explores key research findings from an International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) funded study of how International Mindedness (IM) is conceptualised and practiced in IB world schools. This involved case studies of nine schools identified as being strongly engaged with IM, drawing on the voices of leaders, teachers, students and parents/ carers.

The study found that stakeholder conceptions of IM converged on three philosophies. First, IM is relational in that it is about reaching out to how we perceive and interact with others from diverse cultures. It then becomes intra-personal or reaches in to better understand ourselves with respect to different others. Above all, IM is a process or a journey and this process is more important than any fixed definition.

The paper will share examples of promising practice, explore some of the challenges for developing IM and consider broader implications for international education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Jul 2017
Event50th Anniversary Conference Department of Education, Bath -
Duration: 1 Jul 2017 → …


Conference50th Anniversary Conference Department of Education, Bath
Period1/07/17 → …


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