The Effects of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programs on Teachers' Philosophy of Education and Instructional Practices

In a rapidly changing world, our nation must seriously consider reform of our current educational system in order to prepare our children to compete in a global workforce. The purpose of this survey study was to determine how one particular model of instruction, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), influenced teachers’ philosophy of education and instructional practices to better serve our students in providing them with the 21st century skills and a global perspective necessary to meet the demands of the real world. The survey had both quantitative and qualitative key findings in which it was determined that the training and implementation of the IB PYP had a strong positive influence on teachers’ changes in their educational philosophy and instructional practices. Overall, teachers embraced a new perspective of global awareness and international mindedness, and enthusiastically accepted an inquiry-based learning approach over traditional methodology. Implications for these findings and recommendations for administrators contemplating a school-wide reform initiative are provided.