Structural challenges implementing International Baccalaureate programmes in Australia 

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Kidson, Paul. (2021). Structural challenges implementing International Baccalaureate programmes in Australia . In In Coulson, David Gregory, Datta, Shammi and Davies, Michael James (Ed.). Educational reform and International Baccalaureate in the Asia-Pacific pp. 194-213 IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-5107-3.ch011
AuthorsKidson, Paul
EditorsCoulson, David Gregory, Datta, Shammi and Davies, Michael James
Abstract

International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes in Australia exist within a complex array of curriculum requirements that differ significantly across states and territories. Navigating these differing requirements creates tensions and, at times, conflict for principals. This chapter explores principals' perspectives on these tensions. After providing a brief history of the IB in Australia, a contemporary profile is provided which highlights the diversity of implementation. While principals overwhelmingly endorse the value of an IB education, four challenges are identified: balancing the requirements of local and national curriculum priorities, duality of curriculum requirements and structures, the consequent financial imperatives of this duality, and a specific tension related to the provision of additional language instruction. Supporting principals to manage these tensions effectively remains a challenge for the IB to address.

KeywordsInternational Baccalaureate; Australia; international education; curriculum
Page range194-213
Year2021
Book titleEducational reform and International Baccalaureate in the Asia-Pacific
PublisherIGI Global
Place of publicationHershey PA
SeriesAdvances in Educational Marketing, Administration, and Leadership (AEMAL) book series
ISBN9781799851073
9781799855477
9781799851080
ISSN2326-9022
2326-9030
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-5107-3.ch011
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85128095198
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Online2021
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Deposited02 May 2022
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