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Doctor of Education




intercultural competence, transformative learning, single-loop learning, transformational leadership, team leadership, ethical paradigms


The international school is a unique site where a diverse community of host country nationals and expatriates come together to participate in a transnational learning experience. Within this context, the international school is challenged to deliver a culturally responsive learning program with intercultural learning opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse learning community. In addition, it is perceived that with intercultural competence, an international school graduate can gain competitiveness for post-secondary institution admissions and job market movement in an increasingly globalized economy. This organizational improvement plan problematizes a lack of strategy to improve intercultural teaching and learning at a well-established international school located in Africa. It draws upon theoretical concepts of transformative learning and single loop organizational learning to drive organizational change and incorporates concepts of intercultural competence, global citizenship, culturally responsive pedagogy and professional learning communities to inform change improvement planning. The change plan is generative yet practically executed using both transformational and team leadership approaches and applies 3 ethical paradigm lenses, underpinned by consequentialist philosophy. An integrated, multimethod approach to change implementation, monitoring, evaluation and communication scaffolds the transformation of an adaptive learning culture and an evolved curriculum with improved intercultural teaching and learning opportunities. The outcome of the change plan represents how theory can be translated into practice to impact student learning. The ramifications of improved intercultural teaching and learning is seen to extend beyond the international school site and affect the wider communities that students and faculty frequent.