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"Transylvania is not England" education research paper

Another thing I will do here very occasionally is post about interesting papers I've come across in the academic literature on education. This is one I looked at for me MA:

Caffyn, R. (2010) "‘We are in Transylvania, and Transylvania is not England’: Location as a significant factor in international school micropolitics". Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 38(3), pp. 321-340. Available at: (Accessed 17 April 2020)

How does school location influence micropolitics in international schools? Caffyn (2010) asserts that location has a "significant impact" (p. 321) on behaviour of groups associated with schools. To what extent is this a surprising finding?

Looking at a series of critical incidents, five key factors are identified that impact on school politics: "the isolation of each school, its specific location, its history, the way it fragmented and who had control" (Caffyn, 2010, p. 321). The particular culture of the place in which the school was situated has an effect, particularly the reactions of different people, physical environment and school clientele.

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