chapter  4
The school’s significance in student perceptions of affiliation and belonging
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The school you went to, sent your kids to, and, in some parts of the world, that your parents attended, is a long way from the international schools involved in this study. The average length of time for a student to attend these international schools is two to three years. Similarly, faculty staff come and go frequently, as do principals and members of governing boards. Bagnall (2008) looked at these schools in some detail and makes a clear definition between international and national schools. All the schools involved in this study fall into the category of international schools, and the students that took part in the study are members of this globally mobile community. These students are sometimes referred to as ‘third-culture kids’ or ‘global nomads’, and they seldom stay in one place for longer than three years.