Pre-IB (3): The ‘how’ of TOK

The ‘how’ of TOK focuses on the methods by which knowledge is produced in the different Areas of Knowledge (AoKs). In TOK these methods have been identified as the eight Ways of Knowing (WoKs). They are Reason, Sense Perception, Emotion, Language, Memory, Imagination, Intuition and Faith. Each WoK provides a particular way of producing or accessing knowledge. Whilst an individual understanding and analysis of each of them is expected, the IB emphasizes that it is also important to see how they ...

Pre-IB (2): The ‘what’ of TOK

The ‘what’ of TOK refers to the knowledge produced by human thought. Human knowledge is divided  into Areas of Knowledge (AoKs). Those units generally combine subjects which have similar methods, scope and goals. There are eight of them. Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, History, Mathematics, the Arts, Indigenous Knowledge, Ethics, and Religious Knowledge. TOK will not only make you look at these areas of human thought from a new perspective but it will also highlight the connections and differences between them ...

Art too bad to be ignored

In the Visual Arts Guide there is a series of questions related to TOK “that a visual arts student might consider” To what extent is artistic knowledge something which cannot be expressed in any other way? Are ways of knowing employed in radically different ways in the arts than in other areas of knowledge? To what extent does imagination play a special role in the visual arts? What moral responsibilities do artists have? How can the subjective viewpoint of an ...

Business Management through the lens of TOK

The new Business Management guide makes the links between the subject and TOK far more explicit and increases the expectation that TOK should be incorporated into the Business curriculum, in addition to discrete TOK lessons. Students of Business Management, like other group 3 subjects, study individuals and societies. This means that they explore the interactions between humans and their environment in time and place, and gather and process data by applying a number of business tools, theories and techniques. There are ...

Structure and Freedom in the New TOK Course

“Do you think means it just won’t work to have the WOK taught separately at all?”  This question was posed by teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo as he sought commentary on the new version of the TOK course.  It was the first time I’d visited his impressive blogsite, which I encourage you to check out.  In response to his invitation, I contributed my own thoughts on his blog, and now include them here.…… I’ve commented earlier in this TOK meets ...