Powerful transdisciplinary learning in the PYP

All quality primary schools aim to develop well-rounded, knowledgeable young students, but how can we also harness their natural curiosity to infuse a love of learning, for life?

Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) provides an ideal foundation for all future learning; challenging students not only to think for themselves but also develop learning strategies to explore local and global issues in real-life contexts.

Informed by research, the IB collaborates with universities and independent research institutions around the world, to examine the impact and outcome of programmes.

A global study on the practice of transdisciplinary teaching and learning found that students…are as successful academically, and are often more successful, than their peers who are not taught in a transdisciplinary manner.

Studies in Australia also found that the reading, numeracy and science literacy of PYP students was substantially higher than the national average while in New Zealand, achievement within PYP schools generally exceeded achievement among schools with similar student populations.

Read the full study here