Case Study on How IB System of Education Supports the Gifted & Talented Students In a Primary School in Dubai

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
This case study investigates the effectiveness of the International Baccalaureate (IB) system in supporting gifted and talented students at a primary school in Dubai. The study explores how the IB curriculum, teaching methods, and support mechanisms address the specific needs of these students. Data were collected through interviews, classroom observations, and analysis of the school's implementation of the IB system. The findings reveal that the IB system has strengths in supporting gifted and talented students. The curriculum's emphasis on inquiry-based learning, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary approaches provides opportunities for students to explore their interests and extend their learning. The focus on differentiation and individualized instruction allows for tailored educational experiences based on students' unique abilities. This mixed method study also uncovers various support mechanisms and strategies implemented by the school. This study possesses limitations with respect to its generalizability owing to its utilization of a case study methodology.These findings contribute to the existing literature on gifted and talented education within the context of the IB system, specifically in primary schools in Dubai. Educators, administrators, and policymakers can draw insights from this research to enhance the educational experiences and outcomes of gifted and talented students. Overall, this case study provides a comprehensive examination of how the IB system supports gifted and talented students in a Dubai primary school. It sheds light on effective strategies and practices that cater to the unique needs of these students, contributing to ongoing efforts to optimize educational opportunities within the IB framework.
IB system, gifted & talented students, primary school, United Arab Emirates (UAE)