The IB Learner Profile

Deconstructing the attirbutes of an IB Learner

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What is the IB Learner Profile?

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better more peaceful world.

The learner profile highlights desirable student attributes that the IB hopes to develop through participation in its educational programmes.

As IB learners we strive to be:

  1. Inquirers
  2. Knowledgeable
  3. Thinkers
  4. Communicators
  5. Principled
  6. Open-Minded
  7. Caring
  8. Risk-Takers
  9. Balanced
  10. Reflective


As an inquirer, we nurture our curiosity and developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love for learning throughout life.

How Teachers Model Inquiry Behavior

  • Demonstrate lifelong learning
  • Encourage student‑led inquiry

  • Seek professional development opportunities

Inquiry-Based Learning Activity

  • 3 mins: Read the handout
  • 5 mins: Discuss the main idea with your table-team; come to a consensus
  • 2 mins: Report out using the link: (or the QR-code at the right)

Question for Reporting Out:

  • How can we continuously facilitate the development of the IB Learning Profile trait of Inquiry in all of our students?

One Final Note

Changing Education Paradigms