University preparation in Hong Kong: Is the International Baccalaureate the "Cadillac of college-prep programs"?

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Abstract

Worldwide students are ‘opting out’ of mainstream schooling to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP), which has been described as the ‘Cadillac of college-prep programs’. To date, research has only focused on the experiences of DP alumni in Western higher education contexts. This study investigated how DP alumni reflect on their education as preparation for elite universities in Hong Kong. An online survey (n=734) found that DP alumni self-perceived higher capacities than non-DP alumni in communication, creativity, critical thinking, cultural sensitivity, global-mindedness, leadership, and time management. In interviews (n=42), DP alumni perceived the DP as a privileged education for university preparation. However, they also perceived mismatches between the DP and their university experiences in the Hong Kong context. Copyright © 2021 AERA.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Citation

Wright, E., & Lee, M. (2021, April). University preparation in Hong Kong: Is the International Baccalaureate the "Cadillac of college-prep programs"? Paper presented at The American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA 2021): Roundtable session of Internationalization in higher education, USA.

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