The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP), designed for students aged 12 to 16, is a programme of international education designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.
This period, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts.
Curriculum documents are published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese but schools may offer the programme in other languages.
The curriculum contains eight subject groups together with a core made up of five areas of interaction.
The five areas of interaction are:
- approaches to learning
- community and service
- human ingenuity
- health and social education
Approaches to learning (ATL)
Through ATL teachers provide students with the tools to enable them to take responsibility for their own learning, thereby developing an awareness of how they learn best, of thought processes and of learning strategies.
Community and service
This component requires students to take an active part in the communities in which they live, thereby encouraging responsible citizenship.
Students explore in multiple ways the processes and products of human creativity, thus learning to appreciate and develop in themselves the human capacity to influence, transform, enjoy and improve the quality of life.
This area aims to develop students' awareness of their interdependence with environments so that they understand and accept their responsibilities.
Health and social education
This area deals with physical, social and emotional health and intelligence – key aspects of development leading to complete and healthy lives.
Teachers organise continuous assessment over the course of the programme taking account of specified criteria that correspond to the objectives for each subject.
The MYP offers a criterion-referenced model of assessment. This means that students' results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student's position in the overall rank order.
Teachers are responsible for structuring varied and valid assessment tasks that allow students to demonstrate achievement according to the required objectives within each subject group. These may include:
- open-ended, problem-solving activities and investigations
- organised debates
- hands-on experimentation
Assessment strategies, both quantitative and qualitative, provide feedback on the thinking processes as well as the finished piece of work. There is also an emphasis on self-assessment and peer-assessment within the programme.
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