Reducing the STEM gap in Australia with DP

Dr Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach recently addressed the decline in high school student enrolment in science and mathematics in Australia, and how the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is playing a major role in decreasing the STEM gap.

Writing on Melbourne University’s Pursuit website, Dr Dawborn-Gundlach says, “For students who believe they can’t do mathematics or science, the alternative subject levels in the IB Diploma (Higher or Standard Level) provide some flexibility of choice. Students can choose the level that is most appropriate to their ability and interest and although the IB Diploma is academically challenging, the expectations of each subject are clear from the outset.”

Dr Dawborn-Gundlach has taught the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Diploma Programme (DP) and recognises the merits in both. She believes that the holistic approach to subject choice in the DP benefits students who lack the maturity or relevant career information. “Making [DP] subjects compulsory ensures Year 12 graduates have the academic breadth to keep their tertiary education options open. This is increasingly important with our rapidly changing job market.”

Read the full original article from Melbourne University.