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Comparative Analysis of Physics Subjects in IB and 2015 Revised Curriculum -Focused on the Unit `Forces and Motion’, `Electricity and Magnetism’
New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2019; 69: 1072~1090
Published online October 31, 2019;
© 2019 New Physics: Sae Mulli.

Munho KWON*

Kyungpook National University High School, Daegu 41950, Korea
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Received June 18, 2019; Revised August 19, 2019; Accepted September 2, 2019.
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This study compared and analyzed the course structure, achievement standards, learning elements, and subject contents of the physics courses in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) and in the 2015 revised national curriculum (NC). Because IB DP covers only 6 courses over 2 years, it focuses on a relatively small number of subjects in comparison with the 2015 revised NC. Compared to the physics I and Ⅱ courses of the 2015 revised NC, the physics courses covered by the IB DP have more than twice the number of learning elements and achievement standards, and the achievement standards are described more specifically. We also find that the IB DP imposes constraints on time and evaluation of performance in relation to the physics experiments. Therefore, compared with the physics I and of the 2015 revised NC, the physics of the IB DP Ⅱ includes more contents and can be taught quantitatively with the possible improvement of experimental skills. But, additional discussion is required before introducing the IB DP because the learning burden of the students might be significantly increased compared to the 2015 revised NC.
PACS numbers: 01.40.G$-$,
Keywords: IB, 2015 revised national curriculum, Physics

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