Imagine you’re in a dark room and you can’t see a thing. You only have a flashlight to guide you, so you turn it on and point it straight ahead of you. The light falls as a perfect circle on the wall where you see a painting. If that is the only thing that you see, does it mean that there’s nothing else in that room? Move the flashlight around and you’ll be surprised to see that the room has tons of other stuff, maybe other paintings, and some furniture. Think of the TOK course as a tool to help you move your flashlight! In a world where we are limited to echo chambers and bubbles, the TOK curriculum is a refreshing take on critical thinking while answering a simple question- how do we know what we know?
This guide has been designed to help you get insights into how the TOK is valuable for students, and gain a thorough understanding of its structure and assessment. As a coordinator, you will also gain insights into different ways to support your teaching teams and students on their TOK journeys.
We designed this guide to be navigated sequentially. That being said, this is your inquiry so feel free to jump around to the sections you find most relevant to your context.
Who is this for and what’s inside?
- DP coordinators and school leaders looking for strategies and resources to support their teams understand and implement the TOK course effectively
- New DP educators looking to dive into the what, why, and how of the TOK course in the DP