It's TOK, in a box...

Aimed at the 16-19 age range studying the International Baccalaureate (KS5 learners) these highly visual presentations engage and challenge students in what they think they know about life, the universe and everything.

What is it that most students lack even when they leave school?
Good critical thinking and reasoning skills.

How can we help develop our students for the world beyond school?
Through well prepared and resourced education that asks students to question their knowledge and understanding.

The 'Explore and Discuss Series' of slideshows presents topics that try to answer the rather large question; 'What's it all about?'

Benefits - Why should I buy an 'Explore and Discuss Series' pack?

  • Provides excellent source material to help you start building a challenging and accessible thinking skills programme.
  • Motivates and engages students helping to boost confidence and academic performance.
  • Helps students to challenge their own knowledge, reasoning and perception of the world.
  • Supports the IB Diploma Theory of Knowledge course.
  • Can be integrated into your own school VLE.

Guided learning hours

  • Complete TOK in a Box: 42.5-60.5 hours
  • Series 'A' Art: 4-8 hours
  • Series 'B' Ethics: 9.5-13.5 hours
  • Series 'C' Theory of Knowledge: 5-6 hours
  • Series 'D' Natural science: 6-9 hours
  • Series 'E' History: 4-6 hours
  • Series 'F' Mathematics: 6-8 hours
  • Series 'G' Human science: 8-10 hours

Principle age range

  • 16-19 (KS5)

Contents - Series 'A' Art

Series A 'Art' includes slideshow packs A1-A5. Considers the arts in terms of knowledge and values.

A1 - The arts and knowledge - Where does our appreciation of the arts come from? What does art mean in different cultures? What do the arts teach us? What effect does science have on art and art on science? Why does some art have value and some not?

A2 - Is this art? Seems like an easy question - think again! Uses examples from architecture, literature, music, design, nature and more to try to come up with an answer.

A3 - Thoughts on art - What do other people think about art? Contains quotes from well-known and some not so well known sources but all with a point of view worth arguing about.

A4 - Why are these great works of art? Ever stood in a modern art gallery and listened to the arguments? This show helps students to develop their own arguments about the great and not so great art we are exposed to.

A5 - Is it art if it was intended for another purpose? Can artistic things have more than one purpose or function, or is the context of any art the most important thing?

Contents - Series 'B' Ethics

Series B 'Ethics' includes slideshow packs B1-B4.

B1 - What is ethics? Different viewpoints help students build their own definition of ethics. This includes considering whether ethics and morals are the same thing, what ethics must be based on to have value and what use ethics are to us.

B2 - Ethics and values - How are ethics and values connected? Explored in terms of what it means to live a moral life, the role played by ethics in valuing others and how ethics influences our values and value judgments.

B3 - Ethics and knowledge - What 'knowledge' can we learn from ethics? Explored in terms of considering how we agree on what is 'right' and 'wrong' and our ethical responsibility towards knowledge in everyday life.

B4 - The ethical dilemma - We face and make ethical decisions every day. What informs your choices? Consider the ethical response to a number of emotive issues including abortion, lying, capital punishment, war and animal rights, as well as three real-life case studies. Students are also asked to consider how they have developed their own personal ethical code and how they would respond in certain situations.

Contents - Series 'C' Theory of Knowledge

Series C 'Theory of Knowledge' is the single slideshow pack C1.

Theory of Knowledge is not for the fainthearted or the unaware.

The questions asked in this pack may change your world, develop new awareness and open up the mind. Theory of Knowledge is introduced and explored through the four Ways of Knowing: perception, language, reason and emotion. Students are asked to consider what it means to really know something, how they justify their knowledge and how they use knowledge.

"Superb introduction - really useful for marketing ToK to new students and parents."

Contents - Series 'D' Natural science

Series D 'Natural science' includes slideshow packs D1-D3.

D1 - Is this science? What is 'natural science'? How does it differ from human science and other Areas of Knowledge? Consider the ways of knowing different branches of natural science such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, oceanography and physics. This pack looks at the importance of these sciences, the scientific method, and whether science is truth, art, technology or religion?

D2 - The importance of science - Is science important and has that importance always been the same historically? Students are asked to consider whether scientists are more responsible than any other group of people for the world we live in and the effect of culture and language on our engagement with science.

D3 - Science and knowledge - Is scientific knowledge really any different from any other kind of knowledge? How do we 'know' science and what are we prepared to accept. Students consider whether scientific knowledge is impartial, the growth of science and the ways of knowing science.

Contents - Series 'E' History

Series E 'History' includes slideshow packs E1-E2.

E1 - Is this history? What is history? How does our perception of it change as we look through different types of historical records? The pack considers ideas such as bias, culture and national identity as well as the examples of women's history and Black History.

E2 - History and knowledge How do we gain knowledge from history? Discusses how we gain knowledge from history, the historical context of knowledge in different subject areas and the ways in which we learn and respond to history. Many different examples are used to highlight key ideas with plenty of questions promoting debate.

Contents - Series 'F' Mathematics

Series F 'Mathematics' includes slideshow packs F1-F2.

F1 - All in a number - How do we define mathematics and the nature of number? This pack considers special numbers including pi and the importance of mathematics in problem solving. A brief history shows how our understanding of mathematics has evolved and introduces discussion questions such as 'what is reality made of?' and 'how do human brains understand mathematics?'

F2 - Mathematics and knowledge - How do we actually 'know' mathematics and how can mathematical claims be proved? The idea of mathematics as a language and its overall use are explored along with mathematics in art, science, music and other Areas of Knowledge. Throughout students are challenged with questions about what they think they know.

Contents - Series 'G' Human science

Series G 'Human science' includes slideshow packs G1-G2.

G1 - What is human science? Consider which disciplines should be considered human sciences. How is human science studied and how does it relate to our modern world? Considers learning and knowledge in anthropology, economics, education, geography, law, linguistics, medicine, philosophy, psychiatry and sociology?

G2 - Human science and knowledge Do the human sciences have an advantage over other ways of knowing? What is the value of the human sciences and is their value perceived as being different from other Areas of Knowledge? How does human science relate to other Areas of Knowledge? Does all learning use a consistent method and provide knowledge we can rely on?


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All 'Explore and Discuss Series' packs contain:
  • Easy to access and navigate slideshows on the chosen topic
  • Complete transcript of slide captions

The complete TOK in a Box includes:

  • 7 series
  • 19 packs
  • 100+ slideshows
  • 750+ individual slides


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Complete TOK in a Box: £175
USB key: £9.95

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