Being the first class to experience the recent changes to the IB Diploma Program (DP) Theory of Knowledge (TOK) curriculum, the Class of 2022 IBDP Candidates took on the challenge of producing and presenting Wells’ first TOK Exhibition.
The TOK exhibition has replaced the original TOK presentation as the course’s internal assessment (IA). The purpose of the exhibition is for students to demonstrate how TOK manifests itself in the world around them. They do this 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.
These are some of the prompts our students explored:
- Does some knowledge belong only to particular communities of knowers?
- What is the relationship between knowledge and culture?
- How is current knowledge shaped by its historical development?
- How important are material tools in the production or acquisition of knowledge?
- To what extent is certainty attainable? (IBDP Theory of Knowledge Subject Guide, 2020)
Although we would have loved to host the exhibition in school, we held it in a virtual space on Google Meet due to the third wave of the pandemic. Nonetheless, the students did a great job of working collaboratively to host breakout sessions and share their exhibitions with their teachers and other high school students.
We commend the students for their efforts in completing the TOK exhibition in their first year of the IB Diploma Program, and celebrate their first completed IA of many!