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‘Reaching out’ and ‘reaching in’ by fostering international-mindedness

International-mindedness is the bedrock of the IB approach. While we in the IB community understand its importance, it can be a challenging concept to define, develop and assess. To shed more light on the practice of international-mindedness, researchers from the University of Bath conducted an in-depth, multi-programme study in nine IB World Schools around the […]


Tips for sharing your research in a poster

Did you know there is a wealth of research being conducted by IB practitioners within the IB community? Many IB teachers, programme coordinators and heads of school conduct fascinating practitioner research, often as part of their master’s or doctoral studies. For the first time, IB practitioner researchers had the opportunity to share their findings through […]


Is the skills framework for mathematics in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) fit for purpose?

By Sarah Manlove The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is working on this question with MYP development staff to inform their mathematics curriculum review. To date, NFER has conducted an expert panel discussion and comparative curriculum analysis of MYP mathematics to GCSE, the mathematics curricula in Australia and Singapore, and the Common Core in […]


How does the CP contribute to future pathways?

The modern global economy increasingly requires highly qualified professionals with specialized skills.  And yet, too often, there is not enough skilled talent to meet the growing need in these emerging industries. One answer to this challenge could be high-quality career and technical education (CTE) like the IB Career-related Programme (CP). The CP combines the academic […]


Strategies for developing caring young people

By Emily VanderKamp and Lori Mack Lessons for international schools from new research An international school setting comes with its own unique challenges and opportunities. The diverse cultures and language profiles of students and staff can add an extra layer of complexity to all aspects of education, but these same factors can also set the stage […]


What makes a successful PYP leader?

By Emily Vanderkamp New research explores the roles of principals and coordinators in schools offering the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). A recent study conducted by researchers at The University of Nottingham explored the links between school leadership and the implementation of the PYP. Using staff surveys and in-depth interviews, the researchers conducted case studies […]

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Investigating the PYP in New Zealand

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in Aotearoa New Zealand—a study conducted by researchers from the University of Auckland—provides a picture of the current state of the PYP in New Zealand. The researchers gathered data from a document analysis, an analysis of PYP and national achievement data and observational studies within two PYP schools. Standardized test […]

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Latest trends on bridging the equity gap

SRI International recently published research entitled National Trends for Low-Income Students 2008-2014 that examines the impact of an IB education on post-secondary success for low-income students in the US. SRI is an American non-profit research institute in California and received funding from the IB’s Bridging the Equity Gap Project to conduct the study. The research findings […]

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Johns Hopkins Institute examines IB programme success within Chicago Public Schools

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy recently analyzed research about the successful implementation of the IB Diploma Programme in Chicago Public Schools. After reviewing the research, the institute’s director David Steiner and deputy director Ashley Berner call the results “striking” and “more rigorous than previous work on the IB effect.”


PYP early years education promotes school readiness

In a study conducted by researchers at Deakin University, the learning processes and outcomes at four Early Years PYP schools were evaluated. The researchers examined student literacy rates and school readiness skills at two schools in Australia and two schools in Singapore.  Qualitative data was collected to evaluate the perspectives of teachers, students, and parents. Overall, the study […]