The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a concept-based curriculum, and encourages students to:
- process factual knowledge at a deeper intellectual level as they relate the facts to concepts and essential conceptual understandings; this synergistic thinking (interplay between factual and conceptual thinking) engages the intellect on two levels—factual and conceptual—and provides greater retention of factual knowledge because synergistic thinking requires deeper mental processing
- create personal relevance, as students relate new knowledge to prior knowledge, and promote understanding of cultures and environments across global contexts through the transfer of knowledge
- bring their personal intellect to the study as they use a key concept to personally focus on the unit topic in order to increase motivation for learning
- increase fluency with language as students use factual information to explain and support their deeper conceptual understanding
- achieve higher levels of critical, creative and conceptual thinking as students analyse complex global challenges, such as climate change, international conflicts and the global economy, and create greater subject depth through the study of discipline-specific related concepts.”
- From “MYP: From Principles into Practice.” International Baccalaureate Organization (UK) Ltd, May 2014.
The graphic below illustrates how the IB MYP Programme is structured around these elements.
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