D-Thinking | Problem-Based Learning

From Year 10 to Year 12

During the last three years of schooling, our programmes are largely focused on preparing our students for higher education.

The purpose of the problem-based learning methodology is to bring students closer to problem-solving skills through research and the creation of a clarifying statement. In collaborative work they develop and evaluate different solutions to determine which is the most appropriate alternative to present as a final proposal.

D-Thinking keys and benefits

In this programme, challenges are suggested as starting points for the learning process with an emphasis on proposing solutions to real-life problems in today’s world. Students work with big issues (Central Ideas) that are transferable to known and unknown contexts, constantly promoting collaborative work and discussion.

Students must seriously consider the intellectual property of the resources they use. They analyse diverse sources that they must validate according to specific and rigorous criteria.

It is important that discipline-based learning considers multiple perspectives, so that students understand that there may be different alternative solutions to any given problem.

In order to encourage choice and exploration of topics of interest, there are two types of courses:

  • Quarterlies, in which students choose between several two-month courses in the areas of mathematics, science, arts and social sciences.
  • Minors, in which students choose a year-long course.

Both quarterlies and minors are exploration courses that are not part of the national curriculum, so the programmes are designed by our teachers.

At these levels, our study programmes focus on deepening the areas of greatest interest for each student’s higher education. In this way they approach areas of their vocational interest, while at the same time strengthening their specific understanding of the subject and developing the skills needed for the personal and professional future to which they aspire.

The Majors are classified as follows:

  • Mathematics and Engineering Major
  • Biosciences Major
  • Humanities Major
  • Arts Major