The Learning Project has responded to school requests to design and facilitate a number of Academic Research Trips the address the need to further learning in a specific academic field.
These have included a History tour of Saigon (HCMC) focusing on Cold War issues and the nature of historical remembrance and the role it plays in propaganda. The trip also allows for a focus on the core Theory of Knowledge component of the DP, which asks students to reflect on the nature of Knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. Encouraging students to think historically and to develop critical historical skills allows for the coherence between their academic subject areas and Theory of Knowledge to become more readily apparent.
For those studying IB Geography, tour expedition to the Mekong Delta brings alive all four topics in the Core Theme- Population in Transition, Disparities in Wealth and Development, Patterns in Environmental Quality and Sustainability and Patterns in Resource Consumption. By working with experts the students are guided through an interrogative research process, which allows them to use geography methodologies to analyse the world around them. Students stay on one of the many islands in a traditional style house. This tranquil spot gives them a glimpse of life on the Mekong River.
Our long partnership with Cuc Phuong National Park, the oldest in Vietnam, and its Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, has enabled us to develop a range of practical field research activities in conjunction with staff at the centre. The field research aspect of these trips addresses the requirements for a hands-on approach to the delivery of the Environmental Systems & Societies course to IB students.