The International Baccalaureate in Australia: trends and issues

  • Paul Kidson, George Odhiambo, Rachel Wilson
  • Compare A Journal of Comparative and International Education, January 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2017.1415751

Critical analysis of the International Baccalaureate in Australia

What is it about?

Since 1979, the International Baccalaureate (IB) has grown in Australia to become a significant feature of the Australian educational landscape. It has received little critical research. The growth of the IB in Australia is described and compared to the pattern of regional growth in the Asia-Pacific. Critical analysis of extant research on the IB in Australia is also compared to the contemporary profile. Suggestions for future research are offered.

Why is it important?

The scale of the IB in Australia has not been matched by a comparable research focus, leaving much of its practice in Australia under-researched. An imbalance towards the This analysis identifies a number of critical areas for future research.


Paul Kidson
University of Wollongong

The IB in Australia has grown rapidly over the last decade, particularly in government primary schools. This article grew out of my doctoral research on principals in Australian IB schools, a role I held for over 5 years. While the IB represents a valuable opportunity for these schools, consideration must also be given to what the issues are, and how they might be addressed. It was also very satisfying to work with my doctoral supervisors on a Q1 publication this early in my academic career.

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