Choosing & Using Sources

This morning Nik Peachy shared a free, online or downloadable text book  Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research by Teaching & Learning, Ohio State University Libraries.   Thinking about the IB DP IA and EE work, I decided to have a look. "Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it effectively in your research assignment. Additional chapters cover understanding types of sources, searching for ...

Grisly and sensational: Jack the Ripper and a TOK critical thinking

Have your students heard of Jack the Ripper?   If not, you’ll probably want to skip this activity. Even though it would still be an exercise in evaluating sources and evidence, a lot of the shiver would be lost – and hence the fun in class. However, if they have heard of the brutal serial killer who stalked East London, England, in the 1880s, this could be an engaging activity for early in the TOK course -- to launch critical approaches ...

Paper 1 – the source-based test

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This examination is where students demonstrate their skills as historians in a very clear and concrete manner.  This exam is not a lottery – the students know precisely the potential subjects of the sources they will be asked to evaluate. The class has a designated prescribed subject.  In route 2 the choices are: Peacemaking, Peacekeeping, 1918-1936; Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945-1979 Communism in Crisis, 1976-1989 In each prescribed subject there are bullets that give a list of potential topics.  If materials are not in ...