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By Dave Stanfield, Head of Research & Development at CIS & Peter Welch, Independent Consultant
As an international educator, you have likely experienced firsthand the profound impact that students’ cultural identity has on learning. Various cultural theories exist that attempt to explain differences between cultures. Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory is one of the most established and commonly cited in literature. The theory consists of five cultural dimensions—power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance index, and long-term orientation—which are useful concepts to understand cultural differences. There is even a handy website called Hofstede Insights that allows you to compare country-level results across the dimensions. But, how transferable are these findings to an international schooling environment?