Producing the intercultural citizen in the International Baccalaureate

Doherty, Catherine A. & Mu, Li (2011) Producing the intercultural citizen in the International Baccalaureate. In Dervin, Fred, Gajardo, Anahy, & Lavanchy, Anne (Eds.) Politics of Interculturality. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 173-197.

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The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) is currently offered in 2,718 schools across 138 countries, and explicitly aims to produce ‘internationally-minded’ citizens with a sense of belonging to both the local and the global community. It thus offers an opportunity to enquire how a school curriculum might produce more intercultural or global dispositions, knowledge and skills, and the challenges inherent in such design. To frame this empirical enquiry, the chapter distinguishes between the fact of living together in difference as a life circumstance, and a range of ethical dispositions for such living together, including cosmopolitanism, internationalism, interculturality and global citizenship. These alternatives are understood as competing social imaginaries with different premises and logics. This chapter offers an empirical exploration of how the IBD’s curricular goal of ‘international-mindedness’ is interpreted firstly in current official documents, then reinterpreted by teachers and students in three case study schools in Australia. Traces of these overlapping but distinct discourses are found in the teachers’ recontextualisation of the IBD’s ‘internationalmindedness’ producing diffuse and contradictory versions of what ‘internationalmindedness’ means, and looks like in educational settings.

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ID Code: 45677
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: international baccalaureate, cosmopolitanism, curriculum, social imaginary, recontextualisation
ISBN: 9781443833653
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2011 00:20
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 21:44

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