Localization of Global Education and Its Leadership Practices: A Case of China
Shadow education has become a popular educational service, and it has been booming in many regions of China, attracting a large population of school-age students. This study illustrates the current K-12 public and international school system in China and its association with shadow education. A report demonstrates two teachers’ and the Principal’s practices to deliver global education. The case study data reveal the localization process (i.e., how the teaching and management of a Western curriculum operates). It points out that shadow education often demands the integration of business models. The findings suggest that teachers and principals who work in shadow education require professional training in both pedagogy and business. In this line of work, teachers and principals must amend educational practices and solve commercial issues. While educators must become familiar with the local social and cultural context and local students' characteristics, they also need to master business skills, such as communication and marketing, to effectively connect with the local community. This study addresses leadership challenges and offers practical advice for improving shadow education in China.
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