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ERIC Number: EJ886596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
School Program Selection: Why Schools Worldwide Choose the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
Sperandio, Jill
Journal of School Choice, v4 n2 p137-148 2010
School improvement and reform efforts frequently involve the adoption of a new curriculum program. This article examines the factors that influence program selection when schools have freedom to choose as opposed to having programs mandated by district, state, or national education authorities. Survey and document analysis are used to examine the self-reported reasons for program selection for 336 public and independent schools worldwide who, between 1994-2007, adopted the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. The analysis suggests that while issues of implementation, marketing, branding, and the support of an external agency for quality control and professional development are acknowledged by schools as influencing program selection, the most important determinant of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program selection was a perceived match between the existing school philosophy and program elements that supported it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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