International Mindedness in Emerging Contexts of International Schooling. Cyprus, A Case Study

Martyna Elerian, Elena C. Papanastasiou, Emilios A. Solomou

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International Mindedness (IM) has become an underpinning philosophy of the International Baccalaureate and schools which adopt its programmes. However, the concept of IM is relevant to any school that offers international education given its potential and importance to drive the school’s mindset and mission. The international school market has grown significantly in terms of the number of schools and their diversity. Increasing in popularity are schools that follow the British-based International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and A-level programmes. Moreover, the dgreatest expansion of international schools is now occurring in local markets, in which students are no longer predominantly expatriates but come from the host countries. This study explores the concept of international mindedness in six international schools in Cyprus. Based on data collected from headteachers and teachers, we argue that international mindedness is applicable in various contexts of international schooling and that factors other than the curriculum can affect its development within a school.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


  • Cyprus
  • international mindedness
  • international schools
  • internationally-British schools


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