An IB education is broad and balanced, intercultural, connected and rooted in the understanding of concepts. To reflect the focus on conceptual learning the MYP has now designed two sets of concepts for schools to use in planning their curriculum:
Key Concepts – these sixteen subject wide concepts provide interdisciplinary breadth to the programme
Related Concepts-these concepts allow subject groups to explore key concepts in greater depth and with grounding in the disciplines
The AOI’s have been replaced with Global Contexts that encourage international-mindedness and connection to real world experiences. These contexts also relate more closely to the trans-disciplinary concepts from the PYP, helping to better align the four IB programmes.
A recent study carried out for the IB by the English National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has compared the MYP with the two equivalent English school qualifications offered locally and abroad – GCSE and IGCSE.
This study looked at the attributes demonstrated by students eg how civic minded were they? How culturally sensitive? It also looked at the differences in the subject curriculum across all three programmes. Students, teachers and parents were interviewed about their experiences of the different programmes.