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TOK newsletter archive

The TOK newsletter archive

Our unique newsletter is our key resource for linking the course to the real-world, and exploring the very latest issues and events.

For each issue, we’ve indicated a few of the questions and issues explored. We link newsletter stories to both the AOKs/themes and the BQs, enabling you to use it in your lessons however you deliver the course.

Access the TOK newsletter archive

Our unique monthly TOK newsletter helps you explore and unpack 20 media sources covering the latest events and issues going on in the world. It helps you to keep your course fresh and engaging for students, support DP teachers to integrate their subject with TOK, and even get parents involved.

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The Big Questions

  • Each newsletter links 20 real-world stories to the different elements of TOK (the core & optional themes, and the AOKs), and the BQs
  • The BQs – or Big Questions – are our structure for delivering a conceptual course, each one forming a unit of study.
  • The BQs align closely to the knowledge framework, which looks at different aspects of how knowledge is produced and used.
  • We’ve indicated how this alignment works below.

BQ1 FOUNDATIONS

BQ1 asks, ‘What is theory of knowledge, and why do we study it?’ This question aligns to nature and scope within the knowledge framework. Found out more about BQ1 here.

BQ2 VALUES

BQ2 asks, ‘How does our knowledge about the world inform the way we construct our values?’ This question aligns to knowledge and ethics within the knowledge framework. Found out more about BQ2 here.

BQ3 SPIN

BQ3 asks, ‘How is our understanding of the world influenced by the way knowledge is communicated?’ This question aligns to methods, tools, and practices within the knowledge framework. Found out more about BQ3 here.

BQ4 PERSPECTIVES

BQ4 asks, ‘How do our perspectives and biases shape our knowledge of the world?’ This question aligns to perspectives and context within the knowledge framework. Found out more about BQ4 here.

BQ5 CREATIVITY

BQ5 asks, ‘How is new knowledge about the world created?’ This question aligns to nature and scope within the knowledge framework. Found out more about BQ5 here.

BQ6 EXPERTS

BQ6 asks, ‘How do we become discerning knowers?’ This question aligns to knowledge and ethics within the knowledge framework. Found out more about BQ6 here.