Exploring enrolment, achievement and progression of international baccalaureate graduates in Australian universities

Year: 2012

Author: Edwards, Daniel

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


This presentation details the findings of a research project which explored the pathways of International Baccalaureate graduates from school and through university over a five year period. Two universities were used as case studies for this empirical study. The insight provided by the unique data collected for this project offers a new perspective on the pathways into and through university in Australia. The outcomes of IB entrants are compared with those following a more traditional state-based curriculum pathway to university in order to provide some comparative perspectives. Exploring these insights through perspective provided by cultural capital theory has informed the findings discussed here. The outcomes of this research pave the way for wider analyses of entry pathways to higher education in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.