An ethnographic study of a start-up process of an international school from teachers’ perspective

Updated: Jan 20, 2019

Dr. Tommi Eränpalo, Dr. Eija Valanne and Sini Palm

This article describes the launching process of a multicultural school from local and Finnish teachers’ perspectives. The aim is to identify the key elements that influence the progress of the start-up process and teachers’ working satisfaction. Taking into consideration the immense changes a new curriculum and fresh school culture create it is vital to recognize success features to be applied in education exporting programs in the future.

This ethnographic action study takes place in an international school that provides education for elementary students. School teachers of which nine are local and five from Finland are asked to participate in this study.