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Course description[ edit ] Theory of Knowledge is a course created by the IB organization and must not be conceived as pure epistemology. This course involves a process of exploring and sharing students' views on "knowledge questions" an umbrella term for "everything that can be approached from a TOK point of view"so "there is no end to the valid questions that may arise", "there are many different ways to approach TOK," "the sheer scope of the TOK course is daunting" and "teachers and students need the confidence to go too far outside their traditional comfort zones.
The focus of the discussion should not be the differentiation between "right" and "wrong" ideas but on the quality of justification and a balanced approach to the knowledge claim in question.
The TOK course uses a combination, in no particular order "many entry points and sequences are possible": How do we gain knowledge of the world, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each way in which we learn of the world and our place in it.
Until the fall ofthere were only four ways of knowing sense perceptionreasonemotionand languagebut the IB curriculum then changed to include four other ways of knowing: Areas of knowledge mathematicsnatural scienceshuman scienceshistoryreligious knowledge systemsindigenous knowledge systemsthe arts and ethics: The IB originally had six areas of knowledge: In the fall ofthe IB curriculum changed to include two more areas of knowledge: Factors that transcend individual ways of knowing and areas of knowledge: How can we decide which beliefs we ought to check further?
Knowers' perspective and applications of knowledge: If you know something, or how to do something, do you have a responsibility to use your knowledge? By using different types of AOK Areas of knowledge and WOK Ways of knowing you can then start to write counterclaims and claims in different types of texts.
Justifications of knowledge claims: Are logicsensory perceptionrevelationfaithmemoryconsensusintuitionand self-awareness equally reliable justifications?
Use of coherencecorrespondencepragmatismand consensus as criteria of truth. The TOK course is expected to involve teaching hours over the two years of the Diploma Programme.
Most points are justified; most arguments are coherent. Some counterclaims are considered.
The total score is converted into a grade from A to E. A similar system is used for the extended essay and students can gain up to 3 points for the diploma based on the grades achieved for TOK and EE.Theory of Knowledge - Paradiagm Shifts What is a paradigm shift?
A paradigm shift is a change in the basic assumptions, otherwise known as paradigms, within the ruling theory of science. Example essays.
As part of theory of knowledge (TOK), each student chooses one essay title from six issued by International Baccalaureate®(IB). John Locke’s Essay Concerning Human Understanding is a monumental work in which he presents the theory of knowledge.
He puts forward his arguments by opposing the theory- that some ideas are not derived by sense experience, but are ‘innate’ which means a mind possesses these ideas by birth.
Example essays. As part of theory of knowledge (TOK), each student chooses one essay title from six issued by International Baccalaureate®(IB).
Theory of knowledge (TOK) is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1, word essay. It asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.
TOK is part of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) core, and is mandatory for all students. Theory of knowledge is assessed in two parts: an externally examined 1,–1, word essay and an internally assessed presentation.
Each part is scored using assessment criteria (four criteria for the essay and four for the presentation) that describe levels of achievement (e.g., "The inquiry explores knowledge issues.