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 ...

TOK changes: not just “optional extras”

How does imagination interact with sense perception and memory? The new WOK change the way we deal with the old. A revised version of a course presents no particular problems for teachers new to the course in any case. They enter the new version as if the course has always been that way, and can quickly become bored listening to experienced teachers make comparisons – irrelevant comparisons -- between the old and the new.   If you are new to TOK, ...

TOK Refreshment

It’s been only six months since I suspended this blog, but as I return I’m blinking with pleasure at the new surroundings. The web environment has changed: Triple A Learning is now teamed up with Oxford Study Courses in an attractive new site.  The TOK course itself has also changed: the revised version, with new structures and interesting new topics, is starting to roll. Have the readers changed too?   Welcome to new readers, and welcome back to those who have followed ...