The impact of the PYP in Australian IB schools

Year: 2013

Author: Gough, Annette

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

 Starting with just one Victorian Government primary school in 2007, thirteen government schools have since opted out of the standard Victorian curriculum (the Victorian Essential Learning Standards, VELS) and chosen to implement the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). A research project was undertaken to investigate the impact of the PYP on student outcomes, pedagogy and school culture in these thirteen schools. The project sought in-depth understandings of the factors that influence schools to implement the PYP, and to what extent the perceived benefits of PYP implementation are realised in practice. The project also investigated the emergent challenges and enablers associated with the introduction of AusVELS and the Australian Curriculum.
Data was gathered from principals, teachers and students in the schools using surveys together with annual school survey data already held by the schools (i.e. NAPLAN data, the DEECD staff opinion survey, parent opinion survey and student attitudes to school survey). Detailed case studies involving interviews and classroom observations with key stakeholders in 3 schools were also undertaken.