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COVID-19 AND THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE: A COMPUTER-ASSISTED DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF #IBSCANDAL

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>28/03/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Educational Studies
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)1-20
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Covid-19 has occasioned ongoing shifts in discourse as language changes to reflect and shape new stages of the global pandemic and different voices weigh in on topics, such as infectious diseases and vaccine efficacy. This study looks at an instance of this that relates to the ‘global education industry’, where cancellation of the International Baccalaureate’s May 2020 high stakes examination instigated a wide-ranging discussion about the organisation. This was triggered by the publication of IB results for 174,355 students in 146 countries, many of which showed large discrepancies between predicted and final grades. Using computer-assisted discourse analysis and a corpus of tweets containing the hashtag #ibscandal, patterns of language use are analysed, providing valuable new insights into the impact on students in different national contexts.