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Spotlight on Learning: Growing Nexus Learners

08 February 2018

In an increasingly complex and fast-changing world, Geography is a way to equip learners with essential transferable skills that will furnish them with the ability to investigate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise real world problems in the 21st century. 

There has been a real shift in the new IBDP Geography syllabus to allow teachers to explore the interconnected nature of geographical issues and scaffold nexus thinking and approaches to management of global issues.

What is nexus thinking?

Nexus thinking is the concept of interconnectivity. The nexus is a recognition that any solution for one problem, must equally consider the other two in the nexus, as explained in this video:

Nexus thinking is the key to approaching progress and achievement in the Sustainable Development Goals in order to improve the quality of life for people in the poorest of places.

With this new approach to concept-based and problem-solving teaching in mind, the Geography Department hosted teachers from a variety of international schools in the city. This gave us the opportunity to discuss how we have approached and adapted to the changes in the syllabus, as well as share the good practice that has been continuing to build within the department. This is a great start to building up a robust community of collaboration and lifelong learning for our teachers within HCMC.

This innovation in teaching results in an improved learning experience for our students. By shifting mindsets and empowering learners to problem solve complex global issues, our students will graduate with a desirable set of skills and an abililty  to deal with real world problems.

Ms Gemma Archer, Head of Geography