This study aims mainly, via adopting the methods of questionnaire survey and literature review, to explore the international perspectives of elementary school teachers in New Taipei City.
The main purposes of this study include:
1. To understand the policies and strategies of international education in New Taipei City.
2. To explore the international perspectives of teachers in elementary schools in New Taipei City.
3. To analyze the differences of international perspectives of teachers with different backgrounds.
4. To analyze the relationship between teachers’ international perception and attitude.
5. To propose suggestions, based upon the findings of this study, useful for the
reform of related educational policies in the future.
The questionnaire survey was conducted through the stratified purposive sampling method. In total, 300 teachers in elementary schools of New Taipei City were chosen as the samples of the survey, 270 valid questionnaires (about 90.0% response rate) were analyzed.
The conclusions of this study can be summarized as follows:
1. The policies of the international education in New Taipei City have been focused on the core value of “respect, care, learning, reciprocity and harmony” and the main schemes of these policies have been the promotions of “international understanding, learning, exchange, and cooperation”.
2. Most teachers in elementary schools in New Taipei City had positive international perception, while their perceptions in the dimension of “understanding the cross-national culture” are the highest.
3. Most teachers in elementary schools in New Taipei City gave their positive support towards international perception, while their supportive attitudes towards the dimension of “active care and diversified consideration” were the strongest.
4. The international perceptions of teachers in elementary schools in New Taipei City differed significantly, in terms of their educational qualifications.
5. The international perception of teachers did not differ in terms of their gender, age, years of teaching, administrative position, frequencies or experiences of travelling or studying abroad.
6. The attitudes of teachers towards international perspectives differed significantly in terms of their gender, years of teaching, frequencies or experiences of travelling or studying abroad.
7. The attitudes of teachers towards international perspectives did not differ significantly in terms of their age, educational qualifications, administrative positions, school size, and school location.
8.On the whole, there was a highly positive correlation between the international perceptions and attitude of teachers in elementary schools in New Taipei City.