Filipino and American Teachers: Their Differences in Psychological Needs, Performance, and Culture


  • Mart Andrew Maravillas University of Southern Mississippi



Filipino international teachers, K-12 Education, Culture shock, Psychological needs


This study addresses the dearth of literature about the Filipino international teachers whose presence continues to pervade the K-12 education system of the United States. Through quantitative analyses and the self-determination theory framework, it seeks to answer how basic psychological needs are addressed in higher education institutions set in different cultural settings and whether culture has a role in Filipino international teachers’ performance. The findings of this study may have an implication on home country’s teacher education, US teacher recruitment, and in-service professional development of international teachers. The ultimate goal of this study is how to fully prepare and support international teachers for the best of the American youth.


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How to Cite

Maravillas, M. A. (2020). Filipino and American Teachers: Their Differences in Psychological Needs, Performance, and Culture. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 11(Winter), 150–154.



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