Approaches to Learning is central to the programme, as it is concerned with developing the intellectual discipline, attitudes, strategies and skills which will result in critical, coherent and independent thought and the capacity for problem solving and decision making. It goes far beyond study skills, having to do with “learning how to learn” and with developing an awareness of thought processes and their strategic use. ATL skills show that true learning is more than the acquisition of knowledge: it involves its thoughtful application, as well as critical thinking and problem solving, both individually and collaboratively.
IB programmes identify five ATL skill categories, expanded into developmentally appropriate skill clusters.

ATL skill categories:

  • Communication
  • Social
  • Self-management
  • Reasearch
  • Thinking

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