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TOK and Your AOK

Ways to include TOK in your course planning.

Arthur Klatt

on 8 August 2017

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Transcript of TOK and Your AOK

What is Theory of Knowledge?
TOK asks the knower
to explore knowledge issues
This might include questions like:
What counts as knowledge?
How does it grow?
What are the limits of knowledge?
Are there limits to our understanding?
What is the value of knowledge?
What are the implications of knowledge?
So where do we begin?
The nature of knowing
Personal and
Shared Knowledge
Knowers and sources of
Creating and Answering
knowledge Questions
Why do this?
As has been done throughout history, people have queried about where knowledge comes from, how we obtain it, how we should use it, and our responsibilities as knowers.
For example - What are the differences between the following: information, data, belief, faith, opinion, knowledge
and wisdom?
Are there types of knowledge that are particularly linked to specific communities of knowers?
Does knowledge come from inside or outside? Do we construct reality or do we recognize it?
How are knowledge claims justified? Are the following types of justification all equally reliable:
intuition, sense perception, evidence, reasoning, memory, authority, group consensus, and divine
We explore topics like...
What must students do?
1. An Essay of 1200-1600 words from a list of topics.
Creates a possible 40 points towards their total IB grade (externally assessed).
2. A presentation of 10 minutes on a knowledge issue that relates to some current issue interest to the student.
Possible 20 points towards their IB grade (internally assessed).
These are combined and the 60 points is graphed with the EE to determine how many points can be added to their total IB grade.
There are lists of questions you can use as a guide when planning.
You now have 2 objectives:

1. Examine the lists of Questions proposed by IB and envision how or when you might use one, or a selection of these, in a unit.

2. Consider what questions you would like to discuss with regards to a passion or an expertise as a facilitator in the tok class. Yes, we Want YOU!
What do we do in class?
Here is an example.
Have you ever considered...?
The course progresses by examining Ways of knowing, specifically...
How many ways can we know the moon?
Let's try this using the Areas of knowing (AOKS) as guides to questions of how we know the moon.
This means We need 6 groups
Know that each section has many questions in the TOK Guide for your consideration when planning
The five AOKS are:
THe Natural Sciences
THe Human Sciences
The Arts -
Ethics -

Discussing Knowledge Claims

Math: What are the roles of empirical evidence and inductive reasoning in establishing a mathematical claim?

Natural Science: What kinds of explanations do scientists offer, and how do these explanations compare with those offered in other areas of knowledge? What are the differences between theories and myths as forms of explanation?

Human Sciences: How does the use of numbers, statistics, graphs and other quantitative instruments affect the way knowledge claims in the human sciences are valued?

History: Why study history? Is it possible to know who we are without knowledge of the past? Is there any other way of describing and assessing the process of change in human societies?

The Arts: Does art, or can art, tell the truth? If so, is artistic truth the same as truth in the context of the natural sciences, the human sciences, or history? How might the knowledge claims of art be verified or falsified?

Ethics: What are the justifications for, and implications of, claiming that there are universal standards for morality, or that there are societal standards of morality, or that there are only individual standards of morality? Are the three positions mutually exclusive?
In what ways has the moon been used to help define knowledge or truth in your aok?
(you have 5 minutes)

Let's have a rep share some ideas
(2 minutes)

Let's consider how these questions might be used in planning a unit of study
Please keep the big picture in mind; plan for TOK, and join us in clASS
So how do you Include TOK in your planning?
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