IB TOK: What is the knowledge framework?

The knowledge framework is a tool for analysis. There are five parts to the framework:

  • scope and applications
  • key concepts and language
  • methodology
  • key historical development
  • links with personal knowledge

You can make use of it to sharpen up your analysis in at least two ways:

1. For making links and comparisons between areas of knowledge. It’s useful for identifying the similarities and differences between two areas of knowledge.

2. For exploring an individual area of knowledge.

Please note that the knowledge framework is included in the TOK specification for students taking their IB exams in May 2015. For more information, there are many practical tips for making use of the knowledge framework in this new book by Wendy Heydorn and Susan Jesudason, recommended for TOK students:

http://education.cambridge.org/uk/subject/philosophy-and-critical-thinking/decoding-theory-of-knowledge-for-the-ib-diploma-themes,-skills-and-assessment

 

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