ISJ Internation Schools Journal Envisioning the K-Graduate Education Paradigm
ACS Athens

ISJ April 2016: Book reviews – Infusing IB philosophy and pedagogy into Chinese language teaching / The Discursive Construction of Intercultural Understanding in China: A case study of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program


Reviewed by James Cambridge


Two books are presented for review in this article. Both are remarkable because they discuss ‘international-mindedness’ (IM) and the implementation of IB programmes in China from the perspectives of Chinese teachers and learners but there are interesting differences between them. One is an edited volume with multiple authors, presenting the output of a university department based in Hong Kong (augmented by Dr Ian Hill, the former Deputy Director General of the IB), with a focus on curriculum research in the context of language acquisition. The other is the work of a single author based at a university in Beijing, possibly the outcome of a doctoral research project, and has a focus on anthropological inquiry.