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 ...

Framing knowledge: getting the structuring “just right”

“Where the historian’s interpretations of human behaviour are based largely on artifacts and documents, the human scientist’s are….”  “Natural scientists and human scientists share some core research methods, such as….”  “Unlike scientists, whether natural or human scientists, mathematicians….”  Comparisons lie at the heart of the TOK essay, comparisons drawn from the large overview of knowledge that our course takes.  Yet in what terms do we draw these comparisons, and what features of knowledge do we emphasize in the process?  As ...