Theory of Knowledge is considered with CAS and the Extended Essay, the centre of the IB Diploma Program. In Theory of Knowledge (TOK), students are encouraged to think critically about what they are learning in their subject areas and to make links between their DP classes. Some of the ais and objectives of TOK, as described by the IBO, include, but are not limited to:-
- encourage students to reflect on the their experience as learners in everyday life and the Diploma Program, and to make connections between academic disciplines, and between thoughts, feelings and actions
- develop an awareness of how knowledge is constructed critically, examined, evaluated and renewed by communities and individuals
encourage consideration of the responsibilities originating from the relationship between knowledge, the community and the individual as citizen of the world
draw links and make effective comparisons between different approaches to knowledge issues that derive from areas of knowledge, ways of knowing,
theoretical positions and cultural values
The assessment model in TOK comprises two components:
- An oral presentation on a knowledge issue, completed in year 11. This is internally assessed by YIS TOK teachers and is worth 20 points.
- 1200-1600 word essay on a prescribed titles completed in year 12. This is externally assessed and is worth 40 points.
Many of the summative assessments in TOK will be practice oral presentations or TOK essays. Because these assessments are unlike anything in other Diloma programs it is essential to practice these skills. Other summative and formative assessments will be included in this course to ensure students are understanding the aims and objectives of the course.
Students will be asked to reflect and demonstrate their learning using their Learning Hub blogs and it is expected that students post regularly to these.
TOK and the IB Diploma
TOK and Extended Essay scores are combined for ‘bonus points’ in the IB Diploma.Failure to earn satisfactory in TOK, academic dishonesty on TOK assignments , or failure to complete TOK will lead to a student failing the IB Diploma.
Much of the content being discussed in TOK and the assessment criteria can be found on the YIS TOK website.
IB Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students will able to:
• analyze knowledge claims, their underlying assumptions and their implications.
• generate questions, explanations, conjectures, hypotheses, alternative ideas and possible solutions in response to knowledge issues concerning areas of knowledge, ways of knowing and students’ own experience as learners
• demonstrate an understanding of different perspectives on knowledge issues
• draw links and make effective comparisons between different approaches to knowledge issues that derive from areas of knowledge, ways of knowing, theoretical positions and cultural values.
• demonstrate an ability to give a personal, self-aware response to a knowledge issue.
• formulate and communicate ideas clearly with due regard for accuracy and academic honesty.