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Journal of Educational Research in Mathematics - Vol. 30, No. 2, pp.329-351
Abbreviation: JERM
ISSN: 2288-7733 (Print) 2288-8357 (Online)
Print publication date 31 May 2020
Received 10 Apr 2020 Revised 12 May 2020 Accepted 12 May 2020

Exploring the Direction of High School Mathematics Education Based on IB DP Curriculum
Kim, Sun Hee* ; Kim, Su Min** ; Lee, Eun Jung***,
*Professor, Kangwon National University, South Korea (
**Lecturer, Kangwon National University, South Korea (
***Professor, Gwangju National University of Education, South Korea (

Correspondence to : Professor, Gwangju National University of Education, South Korea,

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International Baccalaureate (IB) is a well-known international curriculum developed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in 1968. IB’s purpose is to nurture global talent with creativity and international minds and so many countries globally such as France, Spain, and Japan have adopted the IB curriculum. This study analyzed mathematics contents and teaching and learning approaches of the IB DP which is a high school level curriculum and interviewed a mathematics teacher working for an IB DP school. As a result, the IB DP comprises a higher level of mathematics contents compared with the Korean mathematics curriculum, but guides teachers to provide conceptually-focused lessons by controlling the difficulty level of assessment items Additionally, the IB DP emphasizes inquiry-based teaching and learning approaches, use of technology, connections of mathematics and other subjects, and the consistency of teaching and learning and assessment. Based on the results, we suggest the direction of high school mathematics education in regard to mathematics contents, teaching and learning methods, and the consistency of teaching and learning methods and assessments.

Keywords: IB DP, mathematics, inquiry, modelling, technology, connection, big idea


The research was funded by Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity (BD20020001)

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