Interdisciplinary Learning in the MYP

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Interdisciplinary Learning in the MYP
Amanda Marcon

Interdisciplinary learning is not new to Seisen International School. For several years there have been various forms of integration amongst subject disciplines through multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and integrative approaches.

Seisen International School parents gathered at the recent MYP Coffee Morning and Coffee Evening on Thursday 3rd of October to gain an understanding of Interdisciplinary learning and what it means for students in the MYP. 

Interdisciplinary learning is not new to Seisen International School. For several years there have been various forms of integration amongst subject disciplines through multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and integrative approaches.

The pioneers of the MYP, grade 7’s of 2018/2019, developed and applied new skills in the Intergr8 project and the Superheroes unit conducted in first and second semester respectively. The 2019/2020 academic year will present the grade 7 and 8 students with new learning and challenges as they undertake other interdisciplinary units of inquiry. A new block of interdisciplinary learning will be undertaken by students during late October, at the start of quarter 2.

The International Baccalaureate defines interdisciplinary learning as ‘the process by which students come to understand bodies of knowledge and modes of thinking from two or more disciplines or subject groups and integrate them to create a new understanding’ (IBO, 2017b, p.46)

Key benefits of Interdisciplinary learning for students are;

  • Promotes intellectual rigour through a holistic approach to studying complex issues and ideas.

  • Develop critical and conceptual thinking skills by gathering and evaluating data, analysing alternatives, consider potential consequences, make conclusions.

  • Models the importance of collaboration and teamwork across disciplines (an important life skill).

  • Supports the transfer of understanding from one subject to another.

  • Allows subject groups to share responsibility for developing content, skills and processes, therefore, providing opportunities for rich learning for students (IBO, 2017a, 2017b).

Key qualities of interdisciplinary learning are;

  • Purposeful - needs to solve a problem, create a product or a new understanding

  • Grounded in disciplines - subject-specific disciplines are essential components

  • Integrative - an integration of disciplinary knowledge, skills, methods or processes
     

Join us next Month
The next parent MYP Coffee morning/evening, November 7th, we will focus on Approaches to Learning (ATL’s) and what this means for your daughters learning. 

 

References

IBO. (2017a). Fostering interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the MYP. Cardiff, UK: 

International Baccalaureate Organization.

IBO. (2017b). Middle Years Programme, MYP: From principles into practice. Cardiff, UK: 

International Baccalaureate Organization.

 


 

Interdisciplinary Learning in the MYP

Interdisciplinary learning is not new to Seisen International School. For several years there have been various forms of integration amongst subject disciplines through multi-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and integrative approaches.

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