The TOK Exhibition is an internal assessment that is marked by the teacher (although a selection of files will be sent to the IB for moderation) and accounts for ⅓ (roughly 33%) of the total grade.
The Exhibition is meant to provide students with an opportunity to explore how TOK manifests in the world around us. Students create an exhibition and accompanying written commentary of three objects–or images of objects–that connect in some way to one of the 35 “IA prompts” provided in the Theory of Knowledge guide. The exhibition is an individual task, and cannot be undertaken in a group.
- What counts as knowledge?
- Are some types of knowledge more useful than others?
- What features of knowledge have an impact on its reliability?
- On what grounds might we doubt a claim?
- What counts as good evidence for a claim?
- a title clearly indicating their selected IA prompt
- images of their three objects
- a typed commentary on each object that identifies each object and its specific real-world context, justifies its inclusion in the exhibition, and links to the IA prompt (maximum 950 words)
- appropriate citations and references
The exhibition clearly identifies three objects and their specific real-world contexts. Links between each of the three objects and the selected IA prompt are clearly made and well-explained. There is a strong justification of the particular contribution that each individual object makes to the exhibition. All, or nearly all, of the points, are well-supported by appropriate evidence and explicit references to the selected IA prompt.
- What counts as an “object” is extremely broad; it even covers screenshots of a tweet. However, it does need to have a specific time and “place” in the real world, and cannot simply be a broad concept, like “Buddhism”, or “babies”. Consequently, generic pictures that you’ve googled up to represent broad concepts, like a random picture of a Buddha statue or a stock photo of a baby also do not count. There are several resources that go into deeper detail on what can and cannot be used; if you are still confused, I highly recommend giving this page a look over.
- Your chosen objects should help to illustrate points that in turn help to answer the chosen IA prompt
- Each chosen object should help you to make a different point. If they all make the same point, then there’s no need to have all three of them. Every object has to have a good reason for being there.
- The points you make should be supported by evidence
- As with the essay task, focus on answering the IA prompt as given. Do not twist it into a different question altogether and start answering that.
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