International-mindedness is the motivation and the capability to study issues from different national and cultural perspectives.I like this definition as it provides a solution to the often one-sided perspective we are presented with of the problems that occur between and within nations. The idea is that if a person's mindset shifts from a local one to a global one, the issues can be viewed from a position of shared humanity.
The IB Learner Profile is at the heart of what it means to be internationally minded - some have likened it to a description of the ideal learner or even the ideal person. This is expanded upon in the paper in the following way:
The ideal learner is:
- a learning being (inquirer, open-minded, knowledgeable). Inquirers and open-minded learners are intrinsically motivated and enthusiastic about learning.
- a social being (caring, communicator) who cares about others and who shares what s/he has learned and knows
- an action being (risk taker) who applies knowledge to action and who is willing o risk uncertainties in the process of learning and action
- a wisdom seeker (thinker, reflective) who goes beyond information and knowledge to seek understanding.
- a principled being who converts all their learning and experience into principles and is unafraid of being different from others who hold different views and beliefs
- a balanced being that intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally combines the above attributes.
I like the way the attributes of the Learner Profile are linked with international mindedness. In our #pypchat today we discussed wellbeing (both teacher and student wellbeing) and the last of these points about balance really resonates with our discussions.
Original artwork by an ASB student