Todai-ji temple in Nara Japan

This website is devoted to the topic of international education in Asia. The target audiences are educators around the world and international schools in Asia. The purpose of the site is to help improve educator / school practice and to encourage qualified employment in the many good schools in the region.

John holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Calgary, Canada. He has been central in the establishment of several major international education projects globally. Currently, he has a lead role in establishing and running a flagship public international school in Osaka, Japan. He holds several senior positions with the Osaka YMCA Educational Foundation. He is an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education.

Domestic education tends to focus on the local context (city, state, country) with a view to cultivating informed, competent and responsible citizens. International education places more emphasis on the global context and cultivating cosmopolitan citizens who are adept both locally and internationally.

An important difference between traditional education and international education is that traditional education tends to be content-focused (i.e., the material is more important than students’ different stages of learning), homework-heavy and test-driven with the teacher most often being the center of importance and action; however, international education is often skills-based, inquiry-based and student-centred with a focus on student autonomy and lifelong learning. Students learn how to learn.

Instead of having rows of desks facing a blackboard like in a traditional classroom, international education classrooms usually have many different types of learning spaces to meet the varying scholastic and social-emotional needs of students.