IDU Planning Introduction
Lots of explanation and guidance to support MYP interdisciplinary teaching and learning is shared in various MYP documents. It can be daunting for teachers to read through the information and get their head around the planning process. To facilitate the planning process and to deepen my understanding of interdisciplinary, I decided to put key information together with my own interpretation.
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IDU lesson 101: What is the difference?
Teachers sometimes find it difficult to distinguish different approaches to teaching and learning. PYP focuses on transdisciplinarity; MYP makes an emphasis on interdisciplinarity; DP takes on multidisciplinary approach. It is beneficial to develop a clear understanding and clarify confusions among these curriculum approaches. I love analogies and stories as they help me understand contexts better. I came across the three analogies used to explain interdisciplinarity (stew), multidisciplinarity (salad), and transdisciplinarity (cake). They make so much sense and help me paint a clear picture of the difference between the three curriculum approaches used in the IB programmes.
- Choi, BCK and Pak, AWP. 2006. "Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in health research, services, education, and policy: 1. Definitions, objectives, and evidence of effectiveness." Clinical and investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique Et Experimentale. Vol 29, number 6. Pp 351-364.
- Primary Years Programme: learning and teaching, page2 (published October 2018, updated December 2018)
- Foster interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the MYP, page 8-9 (published August 2014, updated September 2017)