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Guide to Theory of Knowledge in the DP

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.

Please note:

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.

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Disclaimer: This guide has been produced independently of and not endorsed by the IB. Toddle’s resources seek to encourage sharing of perspectives and innovative ideas for classroom teaching & learning. They are not intended to be replacements for official IB guides and publications. Views and opinions expressed by the authors of these resources are personal and should not be construed as official guidance by the IB. Please seek assistance from your school’s IB coordinator and/or refer to official IB documents before implementing ideas and strategies shared within these resources in your classroom.