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Decoding Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma: Themes, Skills and Assessment

Wendy Heydorn and Susan Jesudason

This engaging book decodes ToK concepts and helps students develop their critical thinking skills

Decoding Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma is an accessible new resource that explores Areas of Knowledge, Ways of Knowing, Personal and Shared Knowledge, the Knowledge Framework and Knowledge Questions. Written in succinct and clear language, this engaging book decodes ToK concepts and helps students develop their critical thinking skills. The book offers extensive support on the new assessment criteria for the essay and presentation. Features include explanation of key concepts to consolidate knowledge and understanding; real-life situations to engage students; practical activities to develop students' thinking, writing and presentation skills; and top tips to provide further guidance and advice.

  • Extensive support on the new assessment criteria for the essay and presentation.
  • Coverage of Areas of Knowledge, Ways of Knowing, Personal and Shared Knowledge, the Knowledge Framework and Knowledge Questions.
  • Explanation of key concepts consolidate knowledge and understanding.
  • Practical activities develop students’ thinking, writing and presentation skills.
  • Top tips provide further guidance and advice.

Introduction, Unit 1: Decoding knowledge; 1 Types of knowledge and knowledge questions; 2 Justification and evidence; 3 Shared and personal knowledge, Unit 2: Decoding TOK knowledge frameworks and ways of knowing; 4 Knowledge frameworks and ways of knowing; 5 Mathematical knowledge framework; 6 Scientific knowledge framework; 7 Human sciences knowledge framework; 8 History knowledge framework; 9 Arts knowledge framework; 10 Ethics knowledge framework; 11 Religious knowledge framework; 12 Indigenous knowledge framework, Unit 3: Decoding TOK assessment ? the essay; 13 Understanding the assessment criteria; 14 Analysis, links and comparisons; 15 Developing a thesis and constructing an argument; 16 Introduction, examples and conclusion, Unit 4: Decoding TOK assessment ? the presentation; 17 Understanding the assessment requirements; 18 Extracting and formulating a knowledge question from a real-life situation; 19 Developing a successful presentation; 20 The basics: delivery and structuring your ideas, Index, Acknowledgements.

Free teacher support materials for various IB titles can be found on our IB website ibdiploma.cambridge.org - to register for free support materials, simply click 'register' in the top right-hand corner and create an account.

Susan Jesudason is the ToK Coordinator, Professional Development Coordinator and Head of Humanities at The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. She has taught in New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom as well as in India, and her teaching experience ranges from mathematics and science to English, world religions, philosophy and Theory of Knowledge.

Wendy Heydorn teaches at Sevenoaks School in the UK where she is the Assistant Director of Higher Education. She teaches Theory of Knowledge and Religious Studies and is also an examiner. She graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and studied for an MA at King’s College, London.

Read what Rebecca has to say on our blog: What Are The Principles And Expectations That Underpin Theory of Knowledge?; What's the TOK Link Between the Arts and the Natural Sciences; How does the Concept of Chance Relate to Knowledge and Knowing

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Simple but thoroughly explained!
I got what I expected! - simple as that. It goes through every areas of knowledge thoroughly and it also links every area of knowledge with as many of ways on knowing as possible! I'm not in any sort of doubt regarding the big amount of help it will give me when I have to write the essay or give the presentation! Thanks Wendy Heydorn!

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