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. 


Julia Resnik (PhD, Tel Aviv University)

is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her main research areas are globalization of education policies, comparative education, multiculturalism, migrant children (migrant workers and asylum seekers), international education and global citizenship education. She has recently edited a special issue on “The power of numbers and networks: understanding the mechanisms of diffusion of educational models” in Globalisation, Society and Education (2016). Resnik is the president of the Research Committee 20 - Comparaisons Internationales at the AISLF (Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Francaise).