Diploma Students and Critical Thinking

October 6, 2017--Theory of Knowledge (TOK) asks the question "How do we know?" At ISD every year, October is renamed  'TOKtober' the month in which students in Grade 12 raise awareness of Theory of Knowledge, the IB Diploma' s compulsory course in critical thinking. As part of the process of assessment, Grade 12 students have recently completed their formal TOK presentations. 

On Monday October 23rd, from 11.25 am-11.55am in the PAC, the High School community meeting will feature an introduction to TOK, a sample presentation from some of the Grade 12 students, and an outline of the purpose of the presentations with a question and answer session. Parents and all interested community members are kindly invited to attend.

Additionally, as part of the awareness-raising students have produced and displayed 'TOKtober' posters around secondary buildings. The posters feature interesting Knowledge questions and quotes. We encourage all members of our community to observe and discuss the implications during Parent Teacher Conferences next week. 

Finally, as Grade 12 students approach the final externally assessed essay work in their classes will begin in earnest unpacking the six possible title prompts, of which they need to select one for the basis of their 1600 word paper. The prompts are listed below, so parents can initiate discussions at home around these analytical and wide ranging questions. Enjoy the thinking!

  • The fields of study of academic disciplines can overlap, but adopting interdisciplinary approaches to the production of knowledge leads only to confusion.” Discuss this claim.

  • We know with confidence only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases” (adapted from JW von Goethe). Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

  • Without the assumption of the existence of uniformities there can be no knowledge.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

  • Suspension of disbelief” is an essential feature of theatre. Is it essential in other areas of knowledge? Develop your answer with reference to two areas of knowledge.

  • The quality of knowledge produced by an academic discipline is directly proportional to the duration of historical development of that discipline.” Explore this claim with reference to two disciplines.

  • Robust knowledge requires both consensus and disagreement.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

As ever we welcome questions and conversations around this and all other IB Diploma related content. Do please call in to the office when you'd like!


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