Seminario de Investigación
Seminario Interno de Investigación - Dra. Julia Resnik
All against all: competition between schools, between programs in school districts, and between school districts in Canada
Since the 1980s, Canada has been through a process that led to greater accountability that has been accompanied by a growing school choice: choice between a growing number of private schools and choice within school districts between schools with special programs, such as the International Baccalaureate (IB). This paper analyses the incorporation of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in public schools in three provinces - British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Based on interviews with officials and schools’ staff, the study reveals the different schools’ and districts’ strategies for the adoption of the DP. Along marketing strategies, the paper analyzes the tensions emerging in schools and districts resulting from the decision to incorporate the prestigious IB Diploma Programme.