Welcome to my Theory of Knowledge page. This page aims to provide you with additional information to understand the T.O.K. course and produce sound assessment responses - the T.O.K. Presentation and the T.O.K. essay response. Please use this page in conjunction with the resources available on our moodle page as well as our blog and class texts. Please find the structure of the previous years course below:THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE OUTLINE 2012-2013
Please find the link for the current O.I.S. T.O.K. units here
. These units are based on the Cambridge edition of Richard van de Lagemaat's book "Theory of Knowledge for the I.B. Diploma".
Grade 12 T.O.K. 2013-14
You are the last grade to complete the current 2008 T.O.K. guide.
To date, this is what you have completed:
Mr. McGill's introduction to the Theory of Knowledge
Natural Sciences with Mr. Killmer and Mr. Mecklem
Mathematics with Mr. Killmer and Mr. Mecklem
History with Mr. McGill
Ethics with Ms. Cheney
This is what you still need to complete
The Arts with Ms. Cheney
Human Sciences with Ms. Cheney
After completing mini presentations last academic year, you must now nominate what area of knowledge you are going to give your final presentation on. The FINAL due date for T.O.K. presentations is Friday, the 21st of February, 2014.
The most pressing area for completion is the essay! However, we and the rest of the world still don't have the May, 2014 essay titles. They are to be released via the O.C.C. on the 1st of September, 2013 so I will endeavour to make them available to you in class on Monday, the 2nd, lesson 5. We have a lot of work to do in relation to understanding the essay topics, unpacking what they mean and then writing our essay responses. Of course, as much time as possible will be given to meet the essay deadline, Tuesday, 7th of January 2014.
TOK ESSAY QUESTIONS, MAY 2014
Grade 12 2013-14 essay choices:
1. Ethical judgements limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in both the arts and the natural sciences. Discuss. - LIAM, MATHILDE, JIM, KENTA, AARON, JUNNA AND MAI.
“When the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems begin to resemble nails”
(Abraham Maslow). How might this apply to ways of knowing, as tools, in the
pursuit of knowledge? - NAOMI, KAORI,
3."Knowledge is nothing more than the systematic organisation of facts.”Discuss this statement in relation to two areas of knowledge.
4. “That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow.” Consider knowledge issues raised by this statement in two areas of knowledge. - PAULA, JUN-HO, JAKE, KAI AND COE.
5. " The historian's task is to understand the past; the human scientist, by contrast, is looking to change the future." To what extent is this true in these areas of knowledge? - EMMA, AYATO, KAZUKI AND YUKA.
6. "A sceptic is one who is willing to question any knowledge claim, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic and adequacy of evidence" (adapted from Paul Kurtz, 1994). Evaluate this approach in two areas of knowledge. - TOSHIYA
Grade 12 Presentation dates and A.O.K. choices:
Nov. 11th (HISTORY - Kazuki and Yuka & ETHICS - Emma) & Nov. 15th (HUMAN SCIENCES - Mathilde, Kai & Naomi)
Dec. 9th (NATURAL SCIENCES - Jake, (Kenta & Jim Ethics), & Dec. 13th (NATURAL SCIENCES - Aaron & (Ethics Jun Ho) THE ARTS - Liam & Paula)
Jan. 2014 20th (THE ARTS - Ayato, Coe, Toshiya, Mai, Kaori & Junna) & 24th Jan
IF NEEDED Feb. 2014 3rd &7th
TOK Presentation and Marking forms
Richard van de Lagemaat's sample text - provided by Cambridge