Carson Graham Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Theory of Knowledge


"The power to question is the basis of all human knowledge."
Indira Ghandi


The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) requirement is central to the educational philosophy of the Diploma Programme; for both teachers and students, it is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing.

With thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into the different Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge, students consider the role and nature of knowledge within their own cultures and the cultures of others. The study of TOK prompts students' awareness of themselves as thinkers, encourages them to become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge and to recognize the need to engage responsibly at the individual, community and global levels.

The overall aim of TOK is to encourage students to formulate answers to the question: "How do you know what you know?"

The Aims of Theory of Knowledge are for students to​

​1. make connections between a critical approach to the construction of knowledge, the academic disciplines and the​ wider world
​2. ​develop an awareness of how individuals and communities construct knowledge and how this is critically examined
​3. ​develop an interest in the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives and an awareness of personal and ideological assumptions
​4. ​critically reflect on their own beliefs and assumptions, leading to more thoughtful, responsible and purposeful lives
​5. ​understand that knowledg​e brings responsibility which leads to commitment and action.
 
Beyond its curriculum, TOK is also a transdisciplinary concept that provides coherence to all Diploma Programme academic and core studies. Students are challenged to recognize knowledge claims and to pose knowledge questions as they learn and grow in all disciplines.