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BQ4 Perspectives

Welcome to BQ4 (Perspectives)

BQ4 (Perspectives) asks: “How do our perspectives and biases shape our knowledge about the world?” It looks at how our personal and societal perspectives affect the way we process ideas and theories, and how open-minded they leave us.

Our context for exploring this question includes history, knowledge & the knower, and the arts, although we consider all the areas of knowledge in lesson 4.1.

Fully-updated TOK resources for the ChatGPT world

TOK is a highly practical course, providing students with a set of skills, a mindset, and a conceptual framework designed to be applied to today’s world. But given how quickly society changes, ensuring your course remains relevant and engaging is a big challenge, and not one that can be met by static resources.

We have updated and edited all our lessons for the 2023-24 academic year, to ensure they are driven by the very latest real-world events and issues. And responding to the IB’s position on the use of AI-tools in schools, our lessons now feature extensive activities and questions focused on ChatGPT, to help students use it effectively and ethically, and think about the relationship between AI-tools and the acquisition of knowledge.

Accessing the lesson presentations for BQ4

Gain access to the 12 classroom-ready lessons for BQ1 by joining theoryofknowledge.net. Membership also gives access to our other resources for TOK, including the newsletter, Investigating Issues, 12 Key Concepts, Knowledge Heroes, and loads of other resources. Download a sample BQ4 lesson here.

Enrichment resources for BQ4

Use the tabs below to access our other resources, which are designed to be used alongside the BQ lessons. They’ll help students to articulate their ideas, find real-world situations and issues, take ownership of the key concepts, and draw on the ideas of brilliant and influential thinkers to understand TOK, and create fantastic exhibitions and essays.

The TOK mini-lessons enable you and your students to explore the very latest events and issues going on around the world, and connect them to the TOK course.

Teachers can use the mini-lessons to create an alternative pathway of TOK lessons, use them to augment the lessons found within this BQ unit, or share them with non-TOK teachers to integrate the course with the rest of the DP. Find the mini-lessons here.

The 12 concepts are: certainty, culture, evidence, explanation, interpretation, justification, objectivity, perspective, power, responsibility, truth, and values. Using them to articulate your understanding of the course will help you to create a great TOK exhibition and essay.

Our Key Concept Padlets help you to understand each idea within a real-world context, and link them to both to the different aspects of the course, and the 6 Big Questions. Check out this resource here.

The Exploring TOK padlets enable students to develop a deeper understanding of the themes and areas of knowledge via articles, videos, talks, and notes on how TOK concepts manifest in the real world.

Knowledge heroes allows you to draw on the ideas of over 100 of the most influential thinkers from the past and present, many of whom discuss ideas related to this BQ.

There’s a brief bio for each thinker, a key quote, and an explanation about how this relates to TOK. We’ve also indicated related thinkers, and provided a link provided to the relevant BQ lesson, and other media sources. Access the resource here.

TOK via TED unpacks over 100 of the most TOK-friendly TED talks, enabling you and your students to draw on these incredibly rich sources of knowledge to explore the course.

We’ve linked the talks to the different elements of the course, to this and other Big Questions, provided suggested questions (and indicated the timing of the answers), and included further activities and research targets.

Investigating Issues offers you a completely new way to plan and teach TOK, integrate it with the rest of the DP, and support students as they search for real-life situations to support their essays and exhibition commentaries.

The resource gathers together over 120 major global issues, provides a great collection of media sources to explore each one, and suggests ways to link them to the different elements of the TOK course.

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Our workshops demonstrate to all teachers – whatever their level, programme, or specialisation – how they can develop authentic critical thinking.

They’re engaging, jargon-free, and hands-on, and give teachers practical takeaways that they can apply in the classroom, and help their students become nuanced, discerning knowers. Find out more here, and read our workshop brochure here.