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The Theory of Knowledge Exhibitions

28 Jun 2021
Grade 11 students introduced to BSS community how the subject Theory of knowledge is present in the world around us.

During the study related event - 'The Theory of Knowledge Exhibitions’ they reflected on different prompts connected to the knowledge around us. This challenging subject often provokes questions about its nature and purpose and as a core element of the Diploma Programme it deserves a focus. Also, the TOK Exhibitions are the Internal Assessment in the subject. 

The exhibition is an individual project worth 33% of the final grade in Theory of Knowledge. Basically students choose from one of 35 prescribed questions and answer it, using 3 real objects as evidence.

For example, they explained what the relationship between knowledge and culture is; how we know that current knowledge is an improvement of past knowledge; what role does imagination play in producing knowledge about the world; can new knowledge change established values and beliefs; to what extent is current knowledge shaped by past knowledge; what is the relationship between personal experience and knowledge; what roles do experts play in influencing our consumption or acquisition of knowledge; how might the context in which knowledge is presented affect if it is rejected or accepted.

Theory of knowledge (TOK) plays a special role in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. It is one of the components of the DP core and is mandatory for all students. The TOK requirement is central to the educational philosophy of the DP.

As a thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into different ways of knowing, and into different kinds of knowledge, TOK is composed almost entirely of questions. The most central of these is "How do we know?".

TOK aims to make students aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases – whether these biases are retained, revised or rejected.

It offers students and their teachers the opportunity to: reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on areas of knowledge and to consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.

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