Do international school staff receive professional development training about third culture kids (TCKs)? Perspectives from faculty and parents

McNulty, Yvonne, and Carter, Margaret Anne (2018) Do international school staff receive professional development training about third culture kids (TCKs)? Perspectives from faculty and parents. In: Kennedy, Kerry J., and Lee, John Chi-Kin, (eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia. Routledge International Handbooks . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 280-292.

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This article empirically assesses the extent to which international school staff receive professional development training about third culture kids (TCKs). We argue that the needs of TCKs enrolled in international schools differ from those of non-expatriate children and that international school staff may require a specialized set of professional skills and competencies to effectively cater for the specific needs of TCKs in the classroom. Based on interviews with 115 respondents (34 teachers, 33 staff, and 48 parents) in three international schools in Asia, we draw on data from 25 focus groups conducted in Singapore and Shanghai. Evidence shows that no professional development training in relation to TCKs is provided specific to the international context in which staff are employed. Only surface level training appears to be offered in the form of tacit acceptance of information and rushing to cover ad-hoc and informal material but providing little content depth. Issues that are not adequately addressed include staff start-of-year induction, identity lifespan and cultural issues, pastoral care, TCK emotional wellbeing, international mindedness curriculum education, and TCK transitions via repatriation and reassignment. The study contributes to the extensive literature on expatriate training and development and global careers by positioning international school teachers and staff as expatriates engaged in international careers, whose professional development training enhances their effectiveness both on-the-job and while living and working abroad. We further add to extant literature on the career development of international school staff that, thus far, has excluded TCK professional development as a specific focus.

Item ID: 49847
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-90849-9
Keywords: third culture kids; international schools; Asia, professional development
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 03:19
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 35%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 15%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems @ 30%
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