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ERIC Number: EJ1002304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
The Emergence of the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Ontario: Diffusion, Pilot Study and Prospective Research
Tarc, Paul; Beatty, Luke
Canadian Journal of Education, v35 n4 p341-375 2012
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), created in the field of international schools in the late 1960s, has made considerable in-roads into publicly-funded schooling in many educational jurisdictions of the Anglo-West. Although the IBDP did not enter into the Ontario public system until 1991, there are now forty-four (and growing) publicly-funded schools offering the IBDP in Ontario. With the growth of IBDP schools and the increasing transnational policy presence of IB, academic research on the International Baccalaureate (IB) is emerging, albeit the Ontario context has not yet appeared in the research literature. This paper outlines how the phenomenon of IB is beginning to be used as an object of academic research and describes the geographic diffusion of IB. It then reports on a pilot study aimed to understand students' perceptions on the impacts of the IBDP at one Catholic secondary school in Ontario, particularly around how well the IBDP supports academic development and "international mindedness." As with previous studies, most students are quite positive about the IBDP experience, particularly in terms of academic preparation for university. How well the IBDP supported students' "international mindedness" remains uncertain. This paper concludes with some recommendations for future research. (Contains 4 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada