IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
What is TOK?
- TOK is about exploring possibilities and opinions.
The fundamental understanding for TOK is the value of experience.
The primary goal is for students to develop habits of mind rather than body of content.
Students will learn how to think as opposed to acquiring knowledge.
TOK will instill the importance of how to make choices, rather than what is right or wrong.
Students are given opportunities to:
- Reflect upon knowledge and experience, and the validity of the claims made about knowledge.
- Recognize limitations on the degree of certainty possible in all areas of knowledge.
- Be aware of subjective and ideological biases in themselves and others;
- Develop a personal mode of thought based on constructive examination of evidence and expressed in rational argument.
- Explore the relationship between belief and contrasting worldviews.
The course will be divided into 7 “topics.” However, the topics are actually frameworks for discussion, observation, and research. Each topic will build upon the others and promote a synthesis of interdisciplinary knowledge and an international perspective.