Teachers left behind as Italians head overseas
- Created: Tuesday, 01 December 2015 17:34
Italian secondary schools are becoming more international. In 2013 there was a surge in students going abroad to study – 55 per cent more than in 2012 – and 68 per cent of schools were participating in international activities, Claudia Civinini writes. The process, however, seems to have left some teachers behind.
This is what emerged from the National Observatory on School Internationalisation and Student Mobility’s 2015 annual report. The organisation was created by the Italian non-for-profit student exchange association Intercultura, with its surveys conducted by market researchers Ipsos.
The report gauged the internationalisation of Italian secondary schools by canvassing 480 teachers and 63 head teachers on their involvement in international projects such as student exchanges and international work experience for teachers. On the whole, it seems head teachers are satisfied with the internationalisation process. But while students and parents are enthusiastic, some teachers are still hesitant.