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Developing intercultural competencies within TOK



As educators we want to encourage all stakeholders in an international school to develop intercultural understanding and respect. How do we enable this to happen in the context of an international community that faces an increasingly nationalistic and hostile environment? The pandemic has helped refocus humanity to care about what is important: empathy, respect and self-awareness. Students, teachers and parents need to have well-developed intercultural competencies instilled in their day-to-day experiences with each other for real international relations to occur.


With theory of knowledge (TOK) at the core of the IB Diploma Programme, we can use it as a springboard to develop intercultural competencies within our school communities. This interactive talk explores strategies as to how positive, intercultural experiences can be engendered through TOK, and will inquire into the purpose of developing genuine intercultural engagement.


This talk was recorded on Thursday 10th December 2020.

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