Globalisation in International Schools: A Study of four International Schools in Vietnam and Cambodia.


  • Greg Simon Ellis Sonoda Women's University and Canterbury University
  • Susan Debra Ellis Canterbury University


globalisation, third culture kids, community engagement, teacher education, Vietnam, Cambodia


ABSTRACT - Globalisation has become an important item on the agenda of many progressive schools around the world. In this paper we examine how the staff of four international schools situated in Vietnam and Cambodia, are encouraging their students to participate in the globalisation process. Globalisation requires students to connect with people from various cultures and parts of the world to work together to study issues of common interest. The schools we visited expressed a desire and demonstrated a practical application to be a part of their local communities, with international links being less prevalent.

The qualitative nature of this research required in-depth interviews with the teachers and principals concerned.   It was apparent during these interviews, that due to the nature of these schools and their international population, it would be more useful to broaden our focus and consider how each school provided opportunities for their students, many of whom were Third Culture Kids, to develop skills and knowledge on becoming Global Citizens.

Author Biographies

Greg Simon Ellis, Sonoda Women's University and Canterbury University

I have been on exchange in Japan where I was a professor in English studies at Sonoda Women's University(2012/13). When I returned to Canterbury University(2014) I have continue as a lecturer in the school of Initial Teacher Education where I teach Mathematics.

Susan Debra Ellis, Canterbury University

I work for Canterbury University in Education Plus where i am employed as a Literacy Adviser. I work with teachers', Principals and Administrators on Literacy Practice and programmes in schools.



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How to Cite

Ellis, G. S., & Ellis, S. D. (2014). Globalisation in International Schools: A Study of four International Schools in Vietnam and Cambodia. Asian Journal of Education and E-Learning, 2(5). Retrieved from