This study aims mainly, via adopting the methods of questionnaire survey and literature review, to explore the perception and opinions of junior high school teachers towards international education in New Taipei City.
The main purposes of this study include:
1.To review the perception and understanding of junior high school teachers towards policies of international education in New Taipei City.
2.To explore the opinions and of junior high school teachers on various strategies of international education in New Taipei City
3.To analyze the problems faced by schools in relation to the promotion of international education and the corresponding strategies adopted..
4.To propose useful suggestions, based on the findings of the study, for the reference of reform of future policies .
A self-designed questionnaire was used as the tool of this study. By using stratified purposive sampling, San-Yin administrative district was chosen, and all 727 teachers in all public junior high schools (8 schools in total) in this district in 2015 academic year were surveyed. Finally, with a response rate of 81.02%, 589 valid questionnaires were collected and analyzed.
The conclusions of this study were as follows:
1.Most of the teachers are aware of the importance of international education but their perception and understanding about the content of policies were insufficient.
2. “The recruitment of volunteers to participate in international education training” is the strategy mostly widespread understood among the teachers, but teachers’ understanding about the design of curriculum and the content of textbooks related to international education in schools were extremely limited.
3.The attitude of schools towards the promotion of international education is not enthusiastically enough , and most schools put too much emphasis on the construction of the environment. according to the opinions of teachers.
4.There are many problems faced by schools, while promoting the international education, and “the lack of integration of curriculum or courses with the learning of international culture” is regarded as the most serious one by teachers.
5. “The inclusion of international education to the learning activities and daily life of students” is the most urgent strategy, with regard to the solution of existing problems, suggested by teachers..
6.There are significant differences in the perception and opinion of international education among teachers with different gender, the previous experiences of involvement in international education activities, and their competence of foreign languages. variables.