This book, a blend of practice and theory, shows how the school library can contribute to the success of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Written for librarians in schools that are applying to offer the program as well as those who already work with it, The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the School Library: Inquiry-Based Education provides information and strategies specifically relating libraries to the IBDP.
The guide includes information about the IBDP ranging from the subject matrix to unique aspects of the program, such as the Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay requirement, and the Learner Profile. The book also discusses other important features of IB programs, such as internationalism and academic honesty. Finally, it blends theory and practice by providing details and findings from the only two-year research study to follow students and teachers through the IBDP. The study demonstrates the role of the school library in the program, showing how both students and teachers used and valued it. Each chapter concludes with a series of points or strategies for the librarian to reflect upon and/or use as the basis of action.
* An abstract on the Extended Essay process
* Examples of library helpsheets for IBDP students
* A glossary of IBDP acronyms and IB terminology
* A specially created list of items that will be helpful for a TOK course
* An extensive bibliography of library and education sector references
This book presents a realistic overview of what the current role of school libraries in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs looks like. Topics include explanations of programs and curriculum, learner profiles, academic honesty, and how teachers, administrators, and students perceive and use the school library. In the absence of even a minimal requirement for a library and resources in official IB standards, the book provides practical strategies for involvement and program development. Appendices, resource lists, research used, and suggested tip sheets for students comprise some of the dense text, which often reads like a research paper. Overall, the book is a reality check for all media specialists, and will be especially useful for those working in an IB school. Glossary. Mary Alice Anderson, Online Professional Development Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] RECOMMENDED