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A study on the acquisition of internationalbaccalaureate learner profile attributes

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2019
Koçer, Ec
The purpose of the study was to determine the acquisition of International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile (LP) attributes and to explore students’ and teachers’ views on different aspects of the IBDP. In order to achieve these aims, mixed-methods research design was used. The quantitative data of the study were gathered from 239 IBDP students, from eight schools at five cities in Turkey, via “The Acquisition of IBLP Scale” developed by the researcher; whereas the qualitative data were gathered from 11 teachers and 13 students at two schools in Ankara via interviews and 40 hours classroom observations. The data gathered via the IBLP Scale were analyzed by both descriptive and inferential statistics (MANOVA) and the qualitative data were analyzed by content analysis. The results showed that the IBDP students think they acquired caring attribute more than communication, cognitive skills, principled and open-minded, relatively. In addition, second-year IBDP students think that they acquire the IBLP significantly more than first-year students and girls acquire the IBLP significantly more than boys in terms of open-minded and caring dimensions. Pre-IB program attendance made significant difference only in the acquisition of open-minded dimension and students who think to study abroad significantly differed from those who want to study in Turkey in terms of caring dimension. Furthermore, both teachers and students mentioned positive aspects of the program as being skill-based, improving self-confidence, creating awareness, and adding different perspectives, whereas duration and heavy workload of the program was perceived as the negative aspects. Both parties raised different views on improvement of the mentioned weaknesses.