DP- ATL & Skill Development
In the IB DP, self-regulated learners will learn how to set learning goals, ask good questions, self-interrogate as they learn, generate motivation and perseverance, try out different learning processes, self-monitor the effectiveness of their learning, reflect on achievement, and make changes to their learning processes where necessary (Zimmerman and Schunk 1989, de Bruin et al. 2011, Wolters 2011). This shapes students and teachers into becoming life-long learners.
These tasks require students to engage in research skills and use technology with responsibility. They are facilitated through the process by their teacher mentors and engage in collaborative work as well. They are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate their choices, give credit to sources, and be mindful of their digital footprint as well. This is not restricted only to academia but also includes their interaction on social media platforms.
Most importantly, students must be inspired to think about ways by which they can apply what they learn to create positive change. This is in keeping with the IBDP mission “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect”. Learning experiences are underpinned by a shared focus on international-mindedness and on developing the attributes of the IB learner profile. DP learners are groomed to become Thinkers, Risk-takers, Inquirers, and Communicators who are Balanced, Principled, Reflective Open-minded, Caring, and Knowledgeable.