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  • Geography’s Place in the IBO Diploma Programme
    Dr Simon Oakes
    • Chief Examiner for IB diploma Geography
    • Principal Examiner for Edexcel AS Geography
    • Bancroft’s School
  • Introduction
    Discussion outline
    What is the IBO DP (Diploma Programme)?
    ‘Going global’ & ‘acting global’
    A-level and DP comparisons
    UK schools and university entrance requirements
    DP Geography ethos and assessment
    DP Geography learner profiles
  • Established in 1968
    Modelled on international schools of Switzerland
    Providing a universal university entrance credential for children of a geographically mobile international community
    Holistic learning programme (not just qualifications)
    Active learning, independent learning, international outlook
    Non-profit making foundation (unlike UK awarding bodies)
    IBO – the background
  • More than 2,300 schools in 128 nations deliver IBO programmes to more than 600,000 students
    This now includes Middle Years (MYP) and Primary Years (PYP) programmes
    Growing at 15-17% per year (USA, Canada, UK are the three highest-ranked nations)
    Geography papers have an international outlook
    Going global & acting global
  • Follow SIX subjects, three at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL)
    4,000 word extended essay
    Follow a theory of knowledge (TOK) course (essay / oral)
    Engage in a programme of creativity, action and service (CAS) (150 hours)
    24/45 points for Diploma
    IBO diploma programme
  • IB geography is linear, not modular
    45 IB points = 768 UCAS points ( 35 : 535 and 24 : 280 )
    IB geography Grade 7 = GCE A* and Grade 4 = GCE E-grade
    IB HL geography is equivalent to 70% of an A-level course; IB SL geography = 50% of A-level
    IB HL geography and A-level geography both have four components and require synoptic / synthetic work
    Big difference is coursework: IBO view is that there has been an ‘over-reaction’ to internal assessment concerns
    www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/#ib
    A-levels and IBO DP comparison
  • 100 UK schools in 2008; now over 300. State schools (Broadgreen, Liverpool), International schools (Atlantic College), independent (Sevenoaks, Manchester GS)
    IBO DP schools in UK belong to IBSCA www.ibsca.org.uk
    Russell Group universities ask for grade 7(6) in the chosen subject and high-30s overall
    No evidence that IBO DP candidates are either advantaged or disadvantaged in terms of university entry
    UK schools and UCAS
  • Can I just enter my students for IB geography instead of A-level geography?
    Is the IBO DP harder or easier than A-levels?
    Won’t the DP limit my geography uptake?
    Isn’t it expensive?
    Is it true the exam marking is better?
    If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
    FAQ
  • Previous IBO DP geography course was broadly traditional (last entry 2010) – even included a regional geography option and wide range of physical options
    New course is a radical updating – similar to approach taken by Edexcel and to a lesser extent WJEC in 2008
    Position in Group 3 clearer than before – traditional geomorphology is present but significantly less than 50%; compulsory ‘global interactions’ paper for HL
    Geography 2011
  • Core topics (for SL and HL) address key global issues and 21st Century Challenges – from Millennium Development Goals to Climate Change
    Focus throughout on disparities in wealth, uneven patterns of consumption, sustainability;concern with equality and social responsibility: geographies of ethnicity and gender
    Seeks to develop international understanding (of issues and solutions) and global perspectives on planning and management
    Geography ethos
  • Part 1 Core (SL/HL) Studies of population, migration, development, resource consumption, sustainability
    Part 2 Optional themes (SL/HL) Choose from: freshwater, ocean and their margins, extreme environments, hazards & disasters, leisure & tourism, food & health, urban environments
    Part 3 Global interactions (HL)
    IA fieldwork (SL/HL)
    Geography content
  • Part 1 Core (SL/HL) 1 hour 30 minutes, short answers with data stimulus, one extended response, e-marked
    Part 2 Optional themes (SL/HL) 2 hours, structured extended writing with some data stimulus
    Part 3 Global interactions (HL) 1 hour, one two-part essay question, no data stimulus
    IA fieldwork (SL/HL) 20 hours recommended, maximum 2,500 words
    Geography assessment
  • Chief Examiner Simon Oakes (UK)
    Deputy Chief Examiner Julie Harris (Hong Kong)
    Deputy Chief Examiner Garrett Nagle (UK)
    Principal Examiner Tony Burton (Canada)
    Principal Examiner Ken Haughan (Austria)
    Geography team 2011
  • Inquirers
    Knowledgeable
    Thinkers
    Communicators
    Principled
    Open-minded
    Caring
    Risk-takers
    Balanced
    Reflective
    Geography learner profiles