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Title: The tacit dimension : understanding international mindedness in Hong Kong International Baccalaureate diploma programme schools
Author: Kaiser, Timothy
ISNI:       0000 0004 7968 2330
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2019
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Schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to deliver the International Baccalaureate (IB) are expected to understand and enact International Mindedness (IM). Through this qualitative dissertation built on a methodological approach of pragmatism allowing for a mixed method I give credence to a re-shaping of our current thinking around IB schools' engagement with IM. I do so firstly by providing an extended theoretical foundation through two philosophical thrusts: 1) the tacit dimension as put forward by Michael Polanyi, and 2) language games and family resemblances as put forward by Ludwig Wittgenstein. The tacit dimension allows for the exploration of dimensions of human thought and communication whereby "we can know more than we can tell" (Polanyi 1966, 4). Wittgenstein's language games and family resemblances provide the framework for the identification of underlying patterns and connections of IM within this tacit dimension. Secondly, I apply these theoretical assertions empirically to two practical research methods: 1) content analysis of the vision and mission statements found in the websites of the 29 Hong Kong IBDP schools, and 2) semi-structured interviews with five school leaders of Hong Kong IBDP schools. The conclusion I draw is that content analysis and semi-structured interviews give ample evidence to show family resemblances of IM at work in the tacit dimension of Hong Kong IB Diploma Programme schools. My study thus provides a positive avenue towards an understanding of how IM functions within IB schools through a shared awareness and recognition that IM first and foremost exists and operates within the tacit dimension. Secondly, my study shows how Hong Kong IB Diploma Programme schools weave IM into their educational fabric through the family resemblances at work within the tacit dimension.
Supervisor: Orchard, Janet Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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