Making a point of difference : the glocalised ecology of the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australian schools

Doherty, Catherine A. (2013) Making a point of difference : the glocalised ecology of the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australian schools. Globalisation, Societies and Education.

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The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an independent, globally available curriculum currently enjoying rapid uptake in government systems as an alternative curriculum. This paper explores the logic of its consumption in three case study schools across different states of Australia, and the relational ‘points of difference’ it creates in each local context and its curricular market. The analysis uses a typology of goods to describe the nature and dynamics of the IBD’s glocalised ecology of in each site. The conclusion argues the success of the IBD as a curricular alternative risks eroding its appeal as a positional good.

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ID Code: 57531
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: curricular market, glocalisation, International Baccalaureate, positional goods, Australia
DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2012.761809
ISSN: 1476-7724
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 > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Globalisation, Societies and Education © 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Globalisation, Societies and Education is available online at:
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2013 23:08
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2014 01:44

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