Export education in the primary sector: Responsiveness, partial privatisation, or increasing cultural diversity?

Year: 2004

Author: Smith, Richard

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Aotearoa/New Zealand, like a number of other Anglo-phone countries has experienced a significant increase in international student numbers in the past decade in both the compulsory and tertiary sectors. There has also been an expeditious growth in the number of international (foreign full fee paying) students undertaking study at New Zealand primary schools with student numbers rising from 208 in 1993 to 1,682 in 2001, an increase of 709 per cent (Ministry of Education, 2001). Auckland continues to be the main destination region for international students with 67 per cent students studying in this region (ibid.). This study (in-progress at the time of abstract submission) reports the findings small-scale collaborative research projected conducted with 10 primary and intermediate schools in the greater Auckland region about the impact of international students on the workload of teachers, educational leaders and administrators of schools. Findings revealed that leaders considered the compliance issues associated with international students were high, but the additional income generated by these students was useful, and that interactions between students of different cultures was, overall, positive. Responses from teachers surveyed were mixed as to the impact on workload of hosting international students. Implications for future research in this area are advanced.