The Global Contexts


Teaching and learning in the MYP involves understanding concepts in context. The global contexts provide a common language for powerful contextual learning, identifying specific settings, events or circumstances that provide more concrete perspectives for teaching and learning. When teachers select a global context for learning, they are answering the following questions:

  • Why are we engaged in this inquiry?
  • Why are these concepts important?
  • Why is it important for me to understand?
  • Why do people care about this topic?

MYP global contexts provide common points of entry for inquiries into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement. The six global contexts are as follows:

  • Globalization and Sustainability
  • Identities and Relationships
  • Fairness and Development
  • Personal and Cultural Expression
  • Scientific and Technical Innovation
  • Orientation in Space and Time


Source: MYP: From Principles into Practice