DP studies

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The following Curriculum studies address a range of research topics related to the DP. These studies support the review and development of the programme, aim to improve the effectiveness of learning and teaching, and provide evidence-based strategies for students, teachers and schools.

Review of literature on student outcomes in online learning (2024)

This literature review provides a comprehensive overview of the key outcomes and indicators of success associated with online instruction.

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DP country alignment studies (2023)

This series of standards alignment studies compares International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) courses with their upper secondary equivalents from Australia (Victoria), Canada (Ontario), Finland, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

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Study on employability skills in the DP and CP curricula (2020)

This study explores how fit-for-purpose the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) are for teaching the skills that will prepare graduates for future employment and a rapidly-changing world. 

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Factors affecting the uptake of the arts in the DP (2019)

This study was designed to understand the uptake of arts education at schools authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). 

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Study of DP and CP school readiness for on-screen examinations (2018)

This study aims to identify the perceptions, potential challenges and implementation needs of International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools as they plan for the transition to on-screen examinations in the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP).

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The effectiveness of literature on acquisition of language skills in the high school context (2017)

This study explores the use of literature to support language acquisition in International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) language B classrooms. In conducting the study, the researchers aimed to learn more about how teachers choose literary texts, how they use these texts in the classroom and their views on the impact of using literary texts in language B teaching.

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Higher education outcomes for DP mathematics HL students (2016)

This study examines students’ experiences with higher level (HL) mathematics in the Diploma Programme (DP), their mathematical self-confidence and self-efficacy and their perceived preparedness for the study of mathematics at university.

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Language proficiency for academic achievement in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (2014)

This study aims to investigate the factors which enhance academic success for Diploma Programme (DP) candidates who are studying in school settings where examinations and instruction are not in the student’s mother tongue.

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Curriculum development in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (2014)

This report examines the development and revision of curriculum in countries, regions and jurisdictions around the world. In addition, it provides examples to inform the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) own curriculum development.

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Use of technology in secondary mathematics (2014)

This study aims to provide insight into the use and integration of technology into the curriculum, classroom practice and learning in secondary mathematics courses.

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Discussion document for the curriculum review of creativity, action, service (2011)

This document aims to revisit the theoretical and practical perspectives embedded in the DP creativity, action, service (CAS) framework, and explicate the implications and applications of service learning for the development of the course.

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Perspectives on a curious subject: What is IB theory of knowledge all about? (2011)

This document aims to review the evolution of the theory of knowledge (TOK) course and its role in the DP and students’ learning. It encourages reflective dialogue between school leaders, teachers of TOK and others.

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