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TOK: how do we know what we know?
Transcript of TOK: how do we know what we know?
The nature of the TOK course
TOK in a nutshell
Indigenous knowledge systems
Religious knowledge systems
Logic and reasoning
Personal and Shared knowledge
TOKing your AoK
Components of the Knowledge Framework
scope and applications
key concepts and language
key historical development
links with personal knowledge
1. “In gaining knowledge, each area of knowledge uses a network of ways of knowing.” Discuss this
statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.
2. “Knowledge within a discipline develops according to the principles of natural selection.”
How useful is this metaphor?
3. “The knower’s perspective is essential in the pursuit of knowledge.” To what extent do you agree?
4. “Without application in the world, the value of knowledge is greatly diminished.” Consider this
claim with respect to two areas of knowledge.
5. To what extent do the concepts that we use shape the conclusions that we reach?
6. “In knowledge there is always a trade-off between accuracy and simplicity.” Evaluate this
statement in relation to two areas of knowledge.
Focus on Knowledge, not on the specific content.
Open Ended – there are a number of possible answers to the question
General rather than specific – they look at wider knowledge production rather than a specific case
Start your introduction of your course by looking into the nature of knowlege in your subject area (or AoK)
Address the elements of the framework in your teaching
Allocate 5 minutes at the beginning or end of your class to a KQ
innvite students to share with you the examples they use in their presentations and essay to give feedback on accuracy and appropriateness
Think: What is this and how do you know?
Pair: Share your response with the person to your left
Share: What is the most dominantly convincing answer the group agrees upon?
Not a knowledge question:
“How can we predict future population growth in Africa?”
Good knowledge question:
“How can a mathematical model give us knowledge even if it does not yield accurate predictions?”