Learner Profile

September 13, 2013 at 16:08

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History of the Learner Profile:  The IB learner profile originated in the Primary Years Program (PYP) and has developed to make it applicable to all students and adults involved in IB Programs. 

Purpose of the Learner Profile: The IB mission statement asserts, “the International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”  The learner profile was created to ensure that the mission statement became a reality for those involved in the programs.

IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers 
    We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
  • Knowledgeable 
    We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • Thinkers 
    We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators 
    We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
  • Principled 
    We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • Open-minded
    We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. 
  • Caring
    We show empathy, compassion and respect.  We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
  • Risk-takers
    We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies.  We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  • Balanced
    We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives-intellectual, physical and emotional-to achieve well-being for ourselves and others.  We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
  • Reflective
    We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience.  We work to understand our strenths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
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