The potentials of K-12 literacy development in the PYP and MYP (2016)

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Misty Adoniou, Grette Toner and Moosung Lee—The University of Canberra

The purpose of this study was to investigate literacy development across the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) and to inform programme development. The full report consists of a literature review and an analysis of key PYP and MYP documents. The literature review revealed five key themes: theoretical perspectives, basic literacy skills, disciplinary literacy, new literacies and multilingualism. These themes were then incorporated into coding matrices to analyse how the MYP programme guides published in 2015 and the current PYP curriculum map onto the research. Based on the document analysis, the researchers offer 10 recommendations to further strengthen literacy development across the PYP and MYP. A number of these recommendations involve additional guidance and documentation from the IB to support the scaffolding of learning, basic and disciplinary literacy skills and multilingualism.

Research summary (PDF, 154 KB)

Full report (PDF, 2.2 MB)