What can an object tell you about the way knowledge is produced, acquired and interpreted? Much more than meets the eye, according to the new TOK assessment 2022. On the 30th of October, grade 11s experimented with the TOK Exhibition, an assessment which focuses on what objects can tell us about knowledge. The learning partners set up their stations in museum-like fashion in the Learn Atelier of the SY Building and each displayed three objects that they carefully selected. Along with this, they placed a written analysis explaining how the objects connected to their prompts. The TOK guide provides the learning partners with a choice of 35 prompts about knowledge. Amongst some of the questions you find are: Should some knowledge not be sought on ethical grounds? And Can new knowledge change values and beliefs? OR Who owns knowledge?
Turkish tea, a lensball, a family photograph and a solar panel driven miniature Albert Einstein were a few of the objects that the learning partners chose to display. It was even more exciting to have a few masked-visitors come to examine their objects and question them on how they related to knowledge. After reflecting on their first practice TOK Exhibition, the learning partners acknowledged that there is room for growth, and hope that their next Exhibition will have more evident connections to how knowledge is created and influenced, and will be easier to navigate for the viewer. Hopefully, once Covid-19 regulations have eased, more visitors from the school community will be able to join the final TOK Exhibition in June 2021.