Choosing your niche : the social ecology of the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.
Doherty, Catherine A., Luke, Allan, Shield, Paul G., & Hincksman, Candice (2012) Choosing your niche : the social ecology of the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 22(4), pp. 311-332.
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The International Baccalaureate’s branding and reputation targets academic high achievers aiming for university entrance. This is an empirical examination of the growing popularity of this transnational secondary credential amongst local populations in Australia, focusing on its uptake across the community, and the discourses underpinning its spread and popularity. This paper reports on online surveys of 179 parents and 231 students in schools offering the IB as an alternative to Australian state curricula. It sets out to understand the social ecology of who chooses the IB and who it chooses. Statistically significant differences between IB and non-IB choosers were found in terms of family income, parent education, student aspirations, transnational lifestyles, and neoconservative, neoliberal and cosmopolitan beliefs. The analysis demonstrates how the reproduction of advantage is accomplished through choice behaviours in stratified educational markets.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||International Baccalaureate, selectivity, neoliberalism, neoliberalism, cosmopolitanism, transnationalism|
|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) > Sociology of Education (160809)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Taylor and Francis|
|Deposited On:||06 Nov 2012 11:01|
|Last Modified:||04 Feb 2013 06:41|
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