It’s that time of year – this week my IB Theory of Knowledge students began working on their Oral Presentations.
Earlier this week, I shared that I had completed revised and re-organized the very scaffolded system I use to help students prepare this project. You can see it here.
And, as I’ve been doing for the past few years, I thought readers might be interested in seeing a selection of some of the Knowledge Questions my students will be exploring in their presentations this year.
You can see the topics from previous years here:
Review Topics and Primary Knowledge Questions (from 2016 class)
Primary Knowledge Questions From 2017 Class
Past Topics, Primary Knowledge Questions & Secondary Knowledge Questions (these are particularly useful for Groups Of Three Non-Diploma candidates who are presenting)
Here are selections from the 2018 “crop”:
To what extent does hope affect our thoughts and actions?
How does our culture affect our emotions?
To what extent does religious belief help or hinder us?
What does the quote “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” really mean?
What role does aggression play in society?
What role does seeking pleasure have in a teenager’s life?
To what extent does our social class define how we are viewed and treated in society?
To what extent does racism affect religion?
To what extent does culture affect our perception of right and wrong?
What role does “agency” have in people’s lives?
To what extent does having a sense of purpose affect how we view the world?
What effect does history have on our views of privilege and power?
How does our outer appearance interact with our inner life to make us who we are?
What is the role of sound in society?
To what extent are all languages connected and how does that affect our overall knowledge?
To what extent does humor reflect our ethics and morals?
Does the pursuit of money help or hinder us in our efforts to become the best people we can be?
What drives people to be cruel?
To what extent is someone’s poverty their own fault?
Under what circumstance are people willing to be consistent or non-consistent with their sense of morality?
What is the price of happiness?
To what extent do we let our emotions dictate or actions?
Hi – I’m a TOK teacher in my third year teaching the course. In my time figuring out how to develop good TOK KQ’s, I’ve always heard that a KQ should meet these qualifications:
1) About knowledge
2) Open ended
3) Use TOK language
As I look through your list, it seems like your students’ KQ’s don’t always hit all of these qualifications. Do you find that your students do well with these questions? What would you say about the qualifications I mentioned?
I think those four qualifications could certainly be used to create a good knowledge question. However, lots of the IB TOK prompts don’t necessarily meet all of them and I assume those would qualify as knowledge questions, too. I think my students do well with the ones they come up with. You can see lots of videotaped examples of them on our class blog.