Theory of Knowledge
Theory of Knowledge is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. Students are encouraged to make connections between the knowledge they encounter across all of their Diploma Programme subjects as well as the knowledge they come across outside of the classroom, in the Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity and Service. At Tamagawa Academy students study Theory of Knowledge as a discreet subject and are also encouraged to question the knowledge they are being taught within their lesson.
The Theory of knowledge activities and discussions aim to help students discover and express their views on knowledge issues. Students are encouraged to share ideas with others and to listen to and learn from what others think. In this process, students’ thinking and their understanding of knowledge as a human construction are shaped, enriched and deepened.
The Theory of Knowledge course examines how we know what we claim to know. It does this by encouraging students to analyse knowledge claims and explore knowledge questions. At Tamagawa Academy we cover Mathematics, Natural Science, Human Science, History, The Arts and Ethics as Areas of Knowledge. The Ways of knowing we cover in depth are emotion, language, reason and sense perception.
Students produce an essay of 1,600 words on a prescribed title from the International Baccalaureate and a 10 minute per person presentation where they create and analyse a knowledge question based on a real life situation.
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