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UBC’s International Baccalaureate Program: Have degree, will travel

February 5th, 2018 No comments

UBC’s International Baccalaureate Program: Have degree, will travel

UBC produces teachers with an international outlook—and ambitions to match

Author: Catherine McIntyre

What differentiates the IB method of teaching from the traditional public school model is vague but significant. The teaching philosophy was launched in 1968 by a group based in Geneva, Switzerland, who sought to modernize the educational system; it’s now used at 4,775 schools around the world. UBC’s faculty of education describe the approach with terms like “international-mindedness,” “inquiry-based education” and “learner profile.” Ultimately, though, the difference is that instructors teach to specific goals or learning outcomes rather than teaching prescribed assignments. That opens up countless doors to how they can guide students to understand concepts and develop skills and knowledge. It means teachers have the luxury of being creative, and the responsibility to adapt their lessons to every student.

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