Publication Date

2010

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Sora Friedman

Abstract

International student mobility at the secondary level has been on the rise in recent years. With students coming from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, domestic students are now becoming more accustomed to interacting with peers who are unlike themselves.

International secondary student trends indicate that not all high school students are able to partake in a study abroad experience. Large numbers of students may come from similar parts of the world; other geographic and cultural regions may be hardly represented. Therefore, the diversity among international student populations is in jeopardy.

This paper investigates the importance of a multicultural education and looks at how a variety of cultural backgrounds contribute to a positive learning environment. The research also explores what current student enrollment trends exist in US American private secondary schools. The collected data was used to analyze what challenges exist for creating a diverse group of secondary level international students. The conclusion of the paper suggests further recommendations that schools may adopt in order to create a worldlier environment in which all students may learn.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education

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