Ewan Wright

Ewan Wright
The Education University of Hong Kong | ied · Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL)

Doctor of Philosophy

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Ewan Wright is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at the Education University of Hong Kong.

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Publications (41)
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Across East and Southeast Asia, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is expanding and diversifying. More students from affluent families are ‘opting out’ of mainstream schooling to take the IB's Diploma Programme (DP), which is marketed as a distinctive skill-based education that prepares students for university. This research investigated how DP a...
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This research applies the analytical lens of ‘cosmopolitan nationalism’ to examine how ‘non-traditional’ international high schools interweave cosmopolitan and nationalistic tendencies in Shenzhen, China. In-depth interviews with parents (n = 16) and students (n = 60) explored the motivations for choosing international schooling, experiences of int...
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Internships have become an important means to enhance career prospects in an increasingly congested graduate labour market. This article used positional conflict theory to explore how university students from different social class backgrounds experience internships, and the implications for inequalities in post-graduation employment. One-hundred i...
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This comparative analysis aims to capture the complex roles and positionings of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in conjunction with local education systems in Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea. Our analysis focused on how the IB’s institutional legitimacy is presented in the three societies. We conducted a documentary analysis of texts on...
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The pioneering study breaks new ground in terms of understanding the potential of students worldwide to learn and exert leadership for a better world. The research involved online survey data collected from 6,760 students and 1,695 teachers at Round Square schools across 34 countries. This data informed the framing, collection, and analysis of inte...
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The term ‘international school’ encompasses a broad array of institutions offering a range of different programmes. However, the differences between these programmes have scarcely been explored in the existing literature. This article focuses on three popular international high school programmes (Advanced Levels, Advanced Placement, and Internation...
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Research design First, researchers conducted a pilot study to test the survey instrument in an IB World School (IBWS) context. This phase involved responses from 110 IB teachers in one IB continuum school. The survey items addressed the following content domains of IB teachers' professional characteristics: reasons for becoming an IB teacher; profe...
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An entrepreneurship movement has advanced into higher education. There is a growing expectation that universities demonstrate an economic contribution to the public good by instilling students with entrepreneurialism and providing guidance for starting businesses. In China, the state has launched a ‘Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ initiative...
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The term neijuan (in English ‘involution’) has captured feelings of perpetual competition and anxiety among university students in China preparing for their post‐graduation careers. In this article, we develop a neo‐Weberian reading of neijuan to construct a framework using positional conflict theory and the concept of ‘possible selves’. We investi...
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Reflecting the growing spotlight on international schooling over the last three decades, this special issue aims to illuminate how education is straddling complex tensions between global and national forces across various contexts. Taking a comparative perspective, the special issue addresses the following key questions: How does the growing provis...
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This article examines the strategies of a ‘new rich’ class in China to transmit advantages to their children through admission into highly ranked overseas universities. In-depth interviews were conducted with parents (n = 16) and students (n = 60) at international high schools that cater to the local population in Shenzhen. The findings demonstrate...
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Purpose The worldwide expansion of higher education participation has destabilised the value of higher education as a currency of opportunity. An increasing number of graduates are experiencing the precarity of unemployment, under-employment and low salaries. This study aimed to investigate how university students in China understand and respond to...
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As a regional hub for education, Hong Kong has seen a growing population of international students. In contrast to existing conceptual models in acculturation literature that are typically devoted to studying long-term settlers such as migrants or refugees in English speaking countries (Smith, R. A., and N. G. Khawaja. 2011. “A Review of the Accult...
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This research investigated educational pathways into a Global Middle Class characterised by professional or managerial careers and cosmopolitan sensibilities. The focus was International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) alumni with upper-middle-class backgrounds at ‘world-class’ universities in Hong Kong. The first objective was to investigat...
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This Research Full Paper explores automatic identification of ineffective learning questions in the context of large-scale computer science classes. The immediate and accurate identification of ineffective learning questions opens the door to possible automated facilitation on a large scale, such as alerting learners to revise questions and providi...
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This Research Full Paper explores automatic identification of ineffective learning questions in the context of large-scale computer science classes. The immediate and accurate identification of ineffective learning questions opens the door to possible automated facilitation on a large scale, such as alerting learners to revise questions and providi...
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This study investigated the most important attributes of the 6-year post-graduation income of college graduates who used financial aid during their time at college in the United States. The latest data released by the United States Department of Education was used. Specifically, 1,429 cohorts of graduates from three years (2001, 2003, and 2005) wer...
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This paper outlines the findings of a mixed-method study of private supplementary tutoring received by students at international schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in China. Phase One was an online survey of 151 IBDP graduates across 14 schools, while Phase Two included semi-structured interviews with school a...
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This study investigated the most important attributes of the 6-year post-graduation income of college graduates who used financial aid during their time at college in the United States. The latest data released by the United States Department of Education was used. Specifically, 1,429 cohorts of graduates from three years (2001, 2003, and 2005) wer...
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Purpose Global participation in higher education has expanded greatly since the late 20th century. The implications for the cultural, social, and economic fabric of societies have been substantial. To explain transitions from elite to mass higher education systems, theoretical insights from Technical-functionalism, Neo-institutionalism, World Acad...
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This research investigated the impacts of active learning environments and instructional methods adapted to such environments on the academic performance of computer science students. Two consecutive studies involving a total of 267 novice students in the same course were conducted across two different semesters. The course was taught by the same i...
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Internationalisation has been actively pursued by Hong Kong’s universities. Recent years have witnessed quantitative growth in non-local students. To ensure a qualitative success of internationalisation, it is crucial that universities cater for students with diverse academic backgrounds. This research explored challenges to academic adaptation. Fo...
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This study investigated how computer science students seek help online in their learning and what factors predict their online help-seeking behaviors. Online help-seeking behaviors include online searching, asking teachers online for help, and asking peers online for help. 207 students from a large university in the southeastern United States parti...
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Countries across the East and Southeast Asia region are experiencing a remarkable expansion of tertiary education enrollments. In this context, the strategic alignment of tertiary education institutions with rapidly changing economic environments has become increasingly necessary to meet the emerging needs of individual students, businesses, and wi...
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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is offered by schools in 147 countries and many IBDP alumni are admitted to universities worldwide (IB, 2017a). This project sought to explore the post-secondary experiences and outcomes of IBDP alumni at three leading universities in Asia Pacific; including two universities in East Asia (Uni...
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This study investigated the online help-seeking behaviors of computer science students with a focus on the effect of achievement goals. The online help-seeking behaviors investigated were online searching, asking teachers online for help, and asking peers or unknown people online for help. One hundred and sixty-five students studying computer scien...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how elite International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) schools in China function as a channel for international student mobility to leading universities around the world. Design/methodology/approach – To achieve this, the authors conducted a mixed-methods study combining quantitative analys...
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Since 1999 higher education in China has expanded on a historically unprecedented scale. Central to driving this process has been the perceived importance of a high-skilled labour force for promoting a transition to a knowledge economy. Nevertheless, recent years have evidenced growing levels of graduate unemployment and under-employment. This pape...
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The International Baccalaureate (IB) has become a powerful educational brand by developing a reputation for combining progressive approaches with academic rigour. This can be identified by the growing number of schools adopting IB programmes globally and especially in the IB Asia-Pacific region. As part of this trend, the IB Middle Years Programme...
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In this article we discuss a relatively under-researched area in terms of research ethics, namely, social network research in education, including educational research focusing on social networking websites. Our discussion focuses on several key issues in social network research such as privacy in conjunction with anonymity, voluntary participation...
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The number of international higher degree research students has grown at a significant rate in recent years, with Australia becoming a hub for attracting such students from around the world. However, research has identified that international higher degree research students often encounter a wide range of academic and socio-cultural challenges in a...
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The number of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) schools has increased rapidly in China in recent years. However, access to schools offering the IBDP remains restricted to a relatively elite minority of China's population due to enrolment barriers for Chinese nationals and relatively high school fees. An implication is that studen...
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There is a growing body of research suggesting that schools need to respond to changing social and economic dynamics by prioritising "21st-century skills". Proponents of this view, who have been termed "the 21st century skills movement", have called for greater emphasis on cognitive and non-cognitive skills development, alongside the learning of su...

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This research investigated educational pathways into a Global Middle Class characterised by professional or managerial careers and cosmopolitan sensibilities. The focus was high socio-economic status International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) alumni at “world-class” universities in Hong Kong. The first objective was to investigate if and how the education of IBDP alumni at Hong Kong universities shapes cosmopolitan perceptions, university experiences, and global economic futures. The second objective was to investigate how the IBDP and Hong Kong universities offer an educational pathway for the existing Global Middle Class to reproduce their social position and for local families to enter the Global Middle Class. 44 in-depth interviews were conducted with IBDP alumni at two “world-class” Hong Kong universities. Findings illuminated how the students were well positioned to enter careers associated with the Global Middle Class in competitive graduate labour markets. Despite growing up in expatriate and local families across a range of countries, most IBDP alumni discussed self-perceptions of cosmopolitan sensibilities, participation in globally-oriented extra-curricular activities, a close-knit social clique based around a common identity, and globalised career plans. Nevertheless, there were paradoxes of cosmopolitan sensibilities as IBDP alumni perceived a lack of belonging to the university and local society.