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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ID Code: 54602
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: International Baccalaureate, selectivity, neoliberalism, neoliberalism, cosmopolitanism, transnationalism
DOI: 10.1080/09620214.2012.745346
ISSN: 0962-0214
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: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2012 01:01
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 16:35

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