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Theory of Knowledge

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Welcome to Theory of Knowledge


What is the Theory of Knowledge course and why are we studying it? ~ 10 minutes

the key points of which are summarised below.
You will be asked to reflect on this for your first piece of homework.
The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is a core part of the Diploma Programme (DP) experience along with the Extended Essay and CAS. It is a core part of the course because it helps students to develop skills that are essential, not just for the DP, but for all future learning experiences, whether in an educational setting or not. At its heart, it is about developing the ability to think critically, ask questions, be inquisitive, form your own opinions, justify your point of view, identify when you are being presented with nonsense or when someone is trying to mislead you, close read, interrogate and evaluate sources, structure arguments, write better essays and plenty of others. These skills help you to be a better student in your other DP subjects and will be of benefit in whatever you choose to do after Bromsgrove. The University of Exeter (2016) writes, “Critical thinking is a core academic skill 
 A successful critical thinker questions perceived knowledge, rejects anecdotal or non-scientific evidence and examines the source of all information. He or she is open-minded and well-informed, able to judge the quality of an argument and draw cautious yet evidence-based conclusions. It’s important for academic students because it enables them to produce essays and papers that are free from personal or societal bias.” The skills are key no matter what you choose to study.
The TOK course encourages individuality, creativity, originality. It encourages students to be open-minded, to be willing to change their opinion, to empathise with others and to be self-reflective. It provides opportunity for you to explore ideas with greater freedom than in other subjects and to select materials that you find interesting and engaging. It is, at times, challenging, confusing, frustrating. It will take you out of your comfort zone and make you question what you think you know. It will require time, effort and engagement, but it is also enjoyable, enlightening, rewarding and eye-opening.
The TOK course develops these skills through exploration of the nature of knowledge and the process of knowing. The main vehicle for this is through the discussion and consideration of knowledge questions (literally question about knowledge, more on these later). Where does our knowledge come from? How do we know that? Why do I believe that? How is knowledge produced? Are there ethical responsibilities that come with knowledge? How can we tell if information is intended to manipulate or mislead? How do we justify knowledge? Why do people have different points of view? These are all examples of the sorts of general questions that course will aim to address, which will be explored through specific examples taken from your DP subjects and from the wider world.
Like many students before you, you may have preconceived ideas about what TOK is about. You may have been told by older students/siblings about their experiences of TOK or read online about students that loved/hated studying TOK, didn’t see the point/thought it was their best course, although as critical thinkers you should be questioning these opinions rather than accepting them at face value.
 
Being a successful TOK student involves:
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Being actively engaged in thinking about TOK in and out of TOK lessons. Take part in discussions, share your thoughts, question the ideas of others, and complete all activities to the best of your abilities. Don’t just sit back, let others do the thinking and hope that you will be able to memorise what’s said and repeat it back in the assessment – it doesn’t work like that!
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Being self-reflective. You should be ready to question your own thinking, think about how you can improve and regularly review your own work.
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Be prepared to be outside of your comfort zone. During the TOK course we will look at topics and materials of which you have no prior knowledge or understand. We will look at history as an area of knowledge and you may not have studied history since year 9. You may be required to give presentations to the class, even though this is something that makes you really nervous. At different points in the course we will all (the teacher included) be out of our comfort zones, but this is something to embrace as it pushes us to develop and improve in ways that we might not otherwise consider.
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Being a content creator as well as a consumer. Not all of the materials in TOK lessons will just be presented to you by the teacher. You will be required to bring examples and materials from your other DP subjects and your own research, to share your own experiences, and to contribute thoughts and ideas to the class.
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Being supportive of other students. You will engage in lots of group work and discussion work during the TOK course and it is essential that you approach this in a way that is supportive of others and helps everyone to improve, in the expectation that they will do the same for you.
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Being open-minded. You may already have strong opinions or ideas about some of the course content, but you should still be willing why your hold these opinions, if your justification for holding them valid, or whether someone else’s opinion any less valid than yours. Remember, changing your opinion in light of new evidence is not a sign of weakness!
 
The more that you put into the TOK course, the more that you will get out of it. If you sit back, take a passive role and expect improvement to just happen, then you will be sorely disappointed. The most successful TOK students are the most engaged. Remember, question everything.

Key concepts in TOK

The TOK course gives particular prominence to the following twelve concepts (International Baccalaureate Organisation, 2020) and you will meet them over and over throughout the different topics on the course.
You will be asked to reflect on this as part of your first piece of homework
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evidence
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certainty
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truth
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interpretation
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power
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justification
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explanation
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objectivity
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perspective
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culture
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values
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responsibility