Therefore, it was a hugely proud moment this week, to see our Year 13s reach an important milestone in arriving at the end of their Theory of Knowledge Journey. But what is Theory of Knowledge and why is it regarded as the ‘keystone’ of the programme?
The IB Diploma is a cutting-edge curriculum, that equips students with essential 21st Century skills such as critical thinking and creativity. That’s where Theory of Knowledge takes centre stage. A fundamental part of a holistic education, the Theory of Knowledge course supports and is supported by the academic subjects, fosters international-mindedness and enables students to cultivate a sense of identity.
Therefore, Theory of Knowledge is concerned with understanding what it means to “know”. Rather than study a particular subject, Theory of Knowledge looks to consider conceptual ideas about how we learn and how to apply critical reflection to real-world scenarios. Therefore, it is both theoretical and practical. A central aspect of the Theory of Knowledge course is the consideration of valid and critical justifications. As such, reflecting on concepts that support critical analysis enables students to undertake a thoughtful inquiry into the nature of knowledge.