DP: alignment with Norwegian upper secondary education (2019)

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This study identifies and evaluates similarities and differences between the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and the Norwegian upper secondary qualification (Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring). The study explores alignment between the DP and Norwegian objectives for education, pedagogical and learning approaches, and intended outcomes. Additionally, researchers compared the content and structure, approaches to assessment, and cognitive demand of selected DP subjects and their Norwegian upper secondary counterparts. To conduct a reliable comparison of the DP and the Norwegian education system, the study included three phases: desk-based research and a document review for both systems; comparative analysis; and evaluation and synthesis. The study found notable and substantial alignment between the DP and the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring in terms of their overarching objectives, principles and aims for holistic student development. Similarities were also found between the mathematics and science courses reviewed—in general, while the DP provides a wider breadth of knowledge, both educational programmes develop similar skills and content knowledge. This alignment indicates that IB World Schools in Norway are well equipped to deliver the DP in a way that is compatible with the Norwegian system.

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