“That Makes Us Very Unique:” A Closer Look to the Institutional Habitus of Two International Schools in Finland and France

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Abstract

International education is booming. However, because of its omnipresence and indefiniteness, the meaning of the term ‘international’ has diluted. What does ‘international’ signify in international schools, especially in relation to the subjects therein? Based on a discourse analysis of interview data, this chapter reviews the meaning of ‘international’ in two dissimilar international schools in Finland and France deploying the concept of institutional habitus. Institutional habitusis discussed through the elements interpreting it;educational status, organisational practices, and the expressive characteristics. These elements create a space, wherecertain types of identifications and experiences are encouraged and solicited. Regarding the wider discussion on education of diversities, this chapter proposes considering the concept of institutional habitus and the school-specific translations of ‘international’ as powerful silent partnersin international education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSilent Partners in Multicultural Education
EditorsTuija Itkonen, Fred Dervin
Place of PublicationCharlotte, NC
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Pages93-116
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-68123-723-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-68123-721-3, 978-1-68123-722-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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