The vision of MYP sciences is to contribute to the development of students as inquirers, scientifically literate, caring and responsible individuals who will think critically and creatively when solving problems and making decisions about aspects affecting themselves, others and their social and natural environments.
Science and its methods of investigation offer a way of learning that contributes to the development of an analytical and critical way of thinking. Inquiry is at the heart of MYP sciences and aims to support students’ understanding of sciences by providing them with opportunities to independently investigate relevant issues through both research and experimentation.
Learning science relies on understanding and using the language of science, which involves more than simply learning technical scientific terminology. MYP sciences aims for students to become competent and confident when accessing, using and communicating scientific information. Students are expected to use scientific language correctly and select appropriate communication formats for oral and written communication.
MYP sciences aims to provide students with the opportunity to show their understanding of the main concepts and processes of science, by applying these to solve problems in familiar and unfamiliar situations. Students should demonstrate critical-thinking skills to analyse and evaluate information in order to make informed judgments in a variety of contexts.
The MYP sciences curriculum must be relevant to the interests of students, providing them with opportunities to explore the connections between science and everyday life. It is anticipated that students will become interested in and engaged with the role of science in the world. Through the investigation of real examples of the application of science, the “one world” objective allows students to gain insight into the tensions and dependencies between science and societal, environmental and ethical factors.
Students should also learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others and further develop their sense of responsibility as individuals towards the natural, built and virtual environment. Their engagement, interest and enjoyment in science should foster a positive response to science and contribute to the development of opinion-forming, decision-making and ethical-reasoning skills.
To assist in achieving these broader goals, this guide provides both teachers and students with clear aims and objectives for MYP sciences as well as details on final assessment requirements. IB-produced teacher support material to complement this guide will be published shortly after the guide and will aid in the implementation of the subject within schools.