IB Students Hold First-Ever TOK Exhibition

We are pleased to announce that the Pre-University IB students of The British School of Barcelona held our first ever TOK exhibition on 10th November. This took place at our new state-of-the-art BSB STEM Centre and it was an excellent opportunity to showcase and celebrate students’ success.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a mandatory core component of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). It plays a special role in the IB Diploma, by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal ideological biases – whether these biases are retained, revised or rejected. As it is, TOK prompts students to be aware of themselves as thinkers and recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world. It therefore demonstrates the ways in which the student can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility.

For their exhibition, students presented 3 objects which connect to the prescribed question given by International Baccalaureate.

There were 26 Year 13 IBDP students presenting their exhibitions and the level of their discussions about problems of knowledge was incredibly high – as confirmed by the teachers who visited the exhibitions. In addition, all Year 12 IBDP students also visited the event, having the opportunity to discuss each exhibition with its presenter.

“This is a real DP Community event that raises the profile of the TOK in school” Ms. Kovac, IB & CAS Co-ordinator and TOK teacher, stated.

“I feel grateful for the opportunity to see how Y13 TOK exhibitions look like as I will be presenting mine later on this school year – and now I know what to expect”, a Year 12 student said.

Exhibitions presented on the prescribed question:

  • On what grounds might we doubt a claim?
  • Are some types of knowledge less open to interpretation than others?
  • What challenges are raised by the dissemination and/or communication of knowledge?
  • Can new knowledge change established values or beliefs?
  • How can we know that current knowledge is an improvement upon past knowledge?
  • Does some knowledge belong only to particular communities of knowers?
  • What constraints are there on the pursuit of knowledge?
  • Should some knowledge not be sought on ethical grounds?
  • Why do we seek knowledge?
  • Are some things unknowable?
  • What is the relationship between personal experience and knowledge?
  • Does all knowledge impose ethical obligations on those who know it?
  • Who owns knowledge?
  • What role does imagination play in producing knowledge about the world?


Photos by courtesy of Year 12 BSB student Keira, a brilliant budding photographer.


Related links:

100% Success in IB Results

Pre-University Education at BSB Nexus

BSB Nexus, a Global Pre-University Experience

Academic Results & University Destinations