New developments are underway to update the IB Diploma Programme (DP) Mathematics curriculum for educators to start teaching in 2019.
The aim is that the changes to DP mathematics courses will offer more choice to a greater number of students as well as offering schools greater flexibility in the way they group students, schedule lessons and teach the content.
Critical thinking in mathematics is becoming an increasingly valued skill for both employers and universities, especially as some traditional skills become redundant with technology advances.
In the context of mathematical learning, critical thinking is the ability to recognise where the subject can be used, understand and synthesise technical documents, apply relevant mathematical approaches to familiar and unfamiliar situations, structure logical arguments, be risk aware, understand that technology and mathematics can go hand-in-hand, and interpret the meaning and relevance of solutions. These are all increasingly important and sought-after skills.
How will DP Mathematics address these in the 2019 curriculum changes?
DP Mathematics will focus on developing the skills of analysis, abstraction and generalisation, risk awareness and statistical literacy, algorithmic thinking, modelling and inquiry. The diverse needs, interests and motivations of students will also aim to be met.
Two subjects/routes will be offered at Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL):
- Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
Designed for students who enjoy developing their mathematics to become fluent in the construction of mathematical arguments and develop strong skills in mathematical thinking. They will explore real and abstract applications, sometimes with technology, and will enjoy the thrill of mathematical problem solving.
- Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation
For students who are interested in developing their mathematics for describing our world, modelling and solving practical problems using the power of technology. Students who take the Applications and Interpretation course will be those who enjoy mathematics seen in a practical context.
Use the below guides to decide which route is best for you and your students:
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