Middle Years Programme curriculum
Areas of interaction
The five areas of interaction are:
- approaches to learning
- community and service
- human ingenuity
- health and social education.
These provide the main focus for developing the connections between the disciplines, so that students will learn to see knowledge as an interrelated, coherent whole.
More particularly, the five areas of interaction:
- are embedded in the subjects and developed naturally through them
- provide both an organization and an extension of learning within and across the subjects, through the exploration of real-life issues
- inspire special activities and interdisciplinary projects
- form part of the framework for student inquiry and take investigative learning further than subject boundaries
- are a vehicle for refining conceptual understanding through different perspectives
- guide reflection and lead from knowledge to thoughtful action.
Find out more
Order the IB publication Guide to the areas of interaction.
"The curriculum ... helps students think critically, synthesize knowledge, reflect on their own thought processes and get their feet wet in interdisciplinary thinking."
Howard Gardner, New York Times, 12 June 2003