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How do I create a knowledge question in Tok?

How do I create a knowledge question in Tok?

Good starters for a TOK Knowledge Question (KQ): “to what extent…”, “how…”, “how far…”, “how does…”, “what…”, “what is it about…”, “what role does…”, “in what sense…”, “under what circumstances…”, “is it possible…”, “why…”, “if…” etc.

What are knowledge questions Tok examples?


  • To what extent do we need art technique or art history training in order to appreciate an artwork?
  • What is the relationship between hands-on experimental work and theory in the natural sciences?
  • What do we mean by elegance in mathematical proof?

What are the knowledge questions?

Knowledge questions are questions about the nature of knowledge and what it means “to know”. Knowledge question urge you to focus on TOK ideas rather than things you would normally discuss in subject lessons. They draw on TOK concepts such as “evidence”, “certainty”, “values” and “interpretation.”

What is a second-order knowledge question?

Any statement that can be true or false makes a knowledge claim. A first-order question is a question about the world; a second-order question is a question about knowledge. In relation to academic subjects, first-order questions arise within a subject whereas second-order questions are about a subject.

How do you start a TOK presentation?

10 Tips for a Good TOK Presentation

  1. Choose a good Real Life Situation.
  2. Create a reasonable knowledge question that is not too easy but not too hard.
  3. Use TOK terminology throughout the entire presentation.
  5. Include multiple perspectives.

What are Tok concepts?

Those 12 concepts are Evidence, Certainty, Truth, Interpretation, Power, Justification, Explanation, Objectivity, Perspective, Culture, Values and Responsibility.

What are first and second-order questions?

First-order questions or claims are within a discipline or AOK. Analysis uses the methods of the discipline or AOK. ■ Second-order questions or claims are about the discipline or AOK (its methods for constructing knowledge).

How important are material tools in the production or acquisition of knowledge?

If a machine can produce knowledge that is “inherently human”, then of course material tools are very important in the production of knowledge. In fact, they are so important that they are taking over the human territory, replacing their original creators.

Which is the best description of a Tok question?

TOK centers on the exploration of knowledge questions. Knowledge Questions are contestable questions about knowledge itself. Knowledge Questions are crafted with intention to be open, general and contentious. They are succinct, grammatical and use precise concepts and vocabulary.

Why do students forget to think about knowledge in Tok?

In TOK, students sometimes forget that they should think about knowledge rather than learn new knowledge or pass on knowledge. This is because they are so used to doing this in subject lessons, especially whilst answering exam questions.

Why is it important to have Tok discussions about ethics?

It is crucial that TOK discussions about ethics focus on the knowledge questions that are woven into and implied in the ethical issues being discussed, rather than the focus being on debating the ethical issues themselves. Should the pursuit of knowledge in these themes/ areas of knowledge be subject to ethical constraints?

Which is an example of a general knowledge question?

You can find some examples of general knowledge questions based on these elements below. a) Examples of knowledge questions from the TOK Guide, organised along the 4 key elements. Acknowledgement: the following knowledge questions on the four elements are taken from the TOK guide.

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