On Tuesday, June 6th, the Year I IB Diploma Programme students hosted our third annual Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Exhibition.
The TOK exhibition is the course’s internal assessment (IA) and its purpose is for students to demonstrate how TOK manifests itself in the world around them. This is achieved through creating an exhibition of three objects which have a real-world context, and demonstrating how these objects connect to one of the IA prompts provided by the IB. Throughout the year, students have been working towards this final event, completing related assessments, such as show & tell, mini exhibition posters and a mock exhibition.
Some of the prompts explored by students included:
- Why do we seek knowledge?
- Are some things unknowable?
- What constraints are there on the pursuit of knowledge?
- What is the relationship between knowledge and culture?
- Can new knowledge change established values or beliefs?
- How can we distinguish between knowledge, belief and opinion?
- What counts as good evidence for a claim? (IBDP Theory of Knowledge Subject Guide, 2020)
The goal of the exhibition was to increase visibility of TOK in the school community, as well as encourage students to explore diverse perspectives in pursuit of answers to their prompt questions. Teachers and students from middle and high school joined to learn more about the TOK course, as well as gain new knowledge related to each unique individual exhibition. There were some interesting discussions and insightful explorations into the questions between the hosts and participants.
We commend the students for their efforts in completing the TOK exhibition in their first year of the IB Diploma Programme, and celebrate their first completed IA of many!