The IB (International Baccalaureate) offers a continuum of international education through four challenging, high-quality, demanding, rigorous education programs to students aged 3 to 19 years
IB DP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Program) is one of the four IB (International Baccalaureate) programs for students in the age group 16 -19 years and was first offered in 1968.
THIS BLOG INCLUDES:
1. Mathematics – One of the Academic Areas
2. Aims of the DP Mathematics Courses
3. Changes in the IB Mathematics Syllabus
4. Changes in the Assessments
5. Curriculum Model
6. Assessment Objectives
7. Assessment Paper Format
The IB curriculum does not have any formal examinations. Certificates are issued to students who fulfill their standards at different levels. Also, there are no prescribed textbooks nor is there a curriculum. Hence present is the flexibility for the teachers to personalize it and make the teachings for each concept as per the requirements of the students. The advantage lies in increasing creativity and imaginative skills to maximize the learning outcomes. After completing the diploma programs, the students can look forward to getting admission to universities and completing their graduation.
The IB DP course is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16-19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that not only enhances the student’s knowledge and inquiry skills but also makes them caring and compassionate. The course is packaged as six academic areas including a central core. Students study two languages, humanities, or a social science subject, an experimental science, mathematics, and one of the creative arts. Further, instead of an arts subject, students can opt for two subjects in another area. Because of this comprehensive range of subjects, the DP is considered to be a demanding course of study curated to prepare students effectively for university entrance.
For each possible subject a student can take, there are two versions available – Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL). The difference between the two versions ultimately boils down to the difficulty levels. But that does not mean that the HL version is very intimidating and unapproachable. It’s just that the HL versions delve deeper than the SL versions, providing more realistic applications of what is learned. In simple terms, SL versions cover the ‘what’ of the subject and the HL versions cover the ‘how and ‘why’ of the subject.
In addition, for the six subject areas, three mandatory core elements of the DP need to be successfully completed by the students – Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creative, Activity, Service (CAS).
Different students have different needs, aspirations, interests, and abilities. For this reason, there are two different DP subjects in the mathematics area.
The main objectives are to help the students:
There has been a change from the earlier Mathematics syllabus. The previous course included three models and two levels based on the students’ skill levels.
Mathematics at Standard Level (Math SL)
Mathematics at High Level (Math HL)
Students have four options to pick from in the newly launched course—two from each of the previous courses, SL and HL. The students should think about a few factors before choosing one of these four options.
The new IB board mathematics curriculum fully corresponds with the numerous combinations of the factors mentioned above and gives students the freedom to select what they want.
|Applications and Interpretation (AI)||Analysis and Approaches (AA)|
|Standard Level||High-Level||Standard Level||High-Level|
|Like Old Math studies,||Unlike Old Courses||Like Old Math SL||Like Old Math HL|
|Who should opt for this?|
|Mathematically weak students who do not desire to pursue a math-based field after high school||Students who are strong in math and enjoy doing it but do not plan on a math-based stream after high school||Students who have average arithmetic skills but do not want to pursue a math-based field after high school||Students who are very strong in math and want to opt for the math-based course after high school|
Simply said, the IB Mathematics– Applications and Interpretation course is for students who like developing their mathematical abilities via addressing real-world issues and when seen in the context of everyday life. It is built on a basis of distribution and statistics. The course’s students learn how to use complex formulae in real-world situations.
IB Mathematics-Analysis and Approaches syllabus are for students who would enjoy developing their mathematics to become an expert in mathematical arguments and become skillful in mathematical thinking while exploring practical and theoretical applications. So it develops analytic expertise and a deep understanding of mathematics in students.
There are two types of- Internal and External assessments.
External Assessments: IB board Mathematics AA and AI – SL and HL both have two final assessments in written format. Each of the courses have an additional, hour-long evaluation for the HL.
Internal Assessments: IB board Mathematics AA and AI- There is no change. The student is required to complete an independent project for this assessment, which is judged both internally by the faculty and externally by the IB board. This internal assessment contributes 20 percent to the overall marks.
To know the changes in the curriculum, please visit the IB question bank to assess the practice questions topic wise.
The distribution for the teaching hours for both the subjects – AA and AI.
The topics covered are
The assessment objectives are the same for both the AA and AI subjects. The objectives aim at enhancing the students’ skills to
Both the subjects AA and AI have two assessments – internal and external
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