Interdisciplinary learning in the International Baccalaureate (2021)

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This study presents a set of promising practices for primary and secondary interdisciplinary learning and explores how these practices compare to current curriculum approaches in the four International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-Related Programme (CP). The study employs an extensive literature review and a detailed document audit to produce wide-ranging and detailed conclusions as well as considerations for further research and amendments to current IB practice. The IB curriculum document audit revealed that, across programmes, the IB embeds interdisciplinary learning to a high degree. While there are opportunities to develop further clarity and consistency in certain areas, the IB is in a strong position to continue to refine effective approaches for interdisciplinary learning across the four programmes.

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