Study on employability skills in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme curricula (2020)
Center for Curriculum Redesign
Facing the challenges of the 21st century requires deliberate effort to cultivate the competencies that students need to respond to the demands of the labour market. 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. The primary components of the study included a literature review to identify global workforce trends as well as the skills workers need to adapt, and a curriculum mapping analysis to identify the extent to which key employability skills are covered in DP and CP curriculum documents. The literature review indicated that an increased number of occupations in the future will involve competencies such as complex problem-solving and creative thinking. The curriculum content mapping of CP and DP documents demonstrated that there are some competencies that are well integrated in the existing intended curricula and others that are not represented as fully. The top four competencies identified in the curriculum documents included communication, ethics, mindfulness and critical thinking, while the bottom four were growth mindset, curiosity, courage and resilience. Innovative pedagogies and changes in teaching practice will be an important component in developing key competencies in students.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP): Students’ experiences, postsecondary destinations and outcomes (2016)
Heike Behle, Milena Kremakova and Clare Lyonette
Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER)
This study explored the experiences, postsecondary destinations and outcomes of International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) students. Sixty-two former CP students from Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (US), Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) completed a survey about their experiences in the CP. In addition, 20 CP alumni, one employer and eight training and higher education institutions (HEIs) admissions officers were interviewed. The majority of CP students were satisfied with the reputation of the CP in their schools and their schools’ career-related resources. In hindsight, the overall majority of both survey and interview respondents stated that they would choose to undertake the CP again. Most of the CP students in this study indicated that they had increased their functional competencies, such as language skills, IT skills, time-management skills, organizational and research skills, and industry-specific employment skills. Students generally felt that the skills derived from undertaking the CP, as well as the knowledge gained from DP courses, had helped them in their university studies. Some challenges related to CP participation included access to adequate information about the programme prior to enrollment and issues with university recognition of the CP.
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