The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), mostly called the IB, is a course that students can take before they leave school to enter universities. There are other IB Programs: primary years, middle school years, and career preparation.
The program is organized and administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization and then taught independently at schools. It is the discretion of the schools to offer IB programs alongside other courses or offer IB as the whole framework.
THIS BLOG INCLUDES:
1.Components of the IB DP Program
2.Mathematics as One of the Academic Areas
3.Changes in the IB Mathematics Syllabus
4.Aims of the DP Mathematics – Applications and Interpretation
5.Curriculum Model Overview
7.Assessment at a Glance
In an IB classroom, children help navigate their own learning by asking questions that may redirect the lessons. So, there are no specific textbooks, or a syllabus followed. Only a framework is provided, enabling the teachers to be creative in their classroom sessions. The IB Diploma program is the most popular of the four programs. This program targets students in the age group of 16-19 years. The curriculum is covered over 2 years and is recognized and respected by leading universities across the world.
Each area has various courses within them:
Further each subject has two levels – Standard level (SL) and Higher level (HL). HL courses are more challenging – not necessarily making them scary or intimidating. Students need to choose three/four subjects at the HL and the remaining at the SL to successfully earn the diploma.
The IB DP mathematics has four courses, keeping in mind that different students have different abilities, interests, and goals. They are
The earlier version of the academic subject – Mathematics had two levels and three models as given below. The levels were designed considering the differing abilities of different students.
But now there has been a change in the format. The first assessment for the changed version took place in the year 2021.
Every seven years, IB reviews its courses to look for the scope of improvement and modernization targeting a diverse body of students. The new course offers four choices to its students – Two each from the SL and HL.
Let us explore the parameters the students need to consider while making a choice from these four-course options.
The new version of the Mathematics Syllabus Aligns itself perfectly along with the parameters mentioned.
|Four courses||Similarity with old version||Who should opt for this|
|Applications and Interpretation – SL||Like Old Math Studies||Students not very strong in the subject and do not want to pursue a math stream after high school|
|Applications and Interpretation – HL||Unlike Old courses||Students strong in math, but not wanting to pursue a math stream after school|
|Analysis and Approaches – SL||Like Old Math SL||Students who are moderately good in math and plan to pursue a math stream after school|
|Analysis and Approaches – HL||Like Old Math HL||Students who are very good in math and plan a math-based stream after school|
The aims are majorly to enable the students to:
Mathematics AA and Mathematics AI share 60 hours of common SL content,
|Syllabus Component||Recommended Teaching hours|
|Number and Algebra||19||39|
|Geometry and Trigonometry||25||51|
|Statistics and Probability||27||33|
|Exploration of an area of Mathematics||30||30|
|Total teaching hours||150||240|
The assessment objectives for the Mathematics Application and Interpretation aim at enhancing the students’ skills to:
|Type of assessment||Format of assessment||Time Duration SL||Time Duration HL||Weighting of final grades||Weighting of final grades|
|Paper 1||Technology allowed Compulsory short-response questions||1.5 hours||2 hours||40%||30%|
|Paper 2||Technology allowed Compulsory extended-response questions||1.5 hours||2 hours||40%||30%|
|Paper 3||Technology allowed Two compulsory extended-response problem solving questions||1 hour||20%|
|Exploration||15 hours||15 hours||20%||20%|
The Exploration is an integral part of the course and its assessment and is mandatory for both the SL and the HL students. It helps in the application of skills and knowledge, and to pursue personal interests without time limitations and other challenges in written examinations.
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