Developing caring young people: Lessons from new research
The IB Learner Profile is a central aspect of the IB programmes. With its 10 attributes, it can help students become responsible members of local and global communities.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently sought to understand better the role of the IB Learner Profile attribute “caring” across IB programmes and schools. The international schools that participated in this research offered three IB programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). The schools are located across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and Southeast Asia.
The study found that:
- students scored highly when rated on the extent to which they demonstrated perspective taking, empathic concern and a range of other attitudes and behaviours linked to caring
- the vast majority of students agreed or strongly agreed that their school teaches them to be more caring
- the IB curriculum offers opportunities to make caring a focus
- a caring disposition among young people is best developed in schools where caring is woven into the fabric of the institution, and leaders have a critical role in setting the tone within their institution.