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So in ToK we are doing our first presentation. It's not for an IB grade, just like a practice so we know what we're doing (it's going in the grade book). She gave us vague guidelines and the general topic of trash and we have to pick a subtopic relating to trash for our presentation. My partner isn't any help and I have no idea what we are doing. Our real life situation is space trash, our knowledge question is "What are the benefits and limitations of space debris tracking, how can it be improved, and what does that tell us about how we know?", and our knowledge claim is "‘The greatest risk to space missions comes from non-trackable debris,’ said Nicholas Johnson, NASA chief scientist for orbital debris". What are we supposed to talk about in the presentation? What are the areas and ways of knowing and do we need to include those? Is the presentation about the real life situation or does the situation act as more supporting evidence? I'm really lost and will appreciate any direction you can give me.

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@IBthereforeIam2I am probably too late.

I am not confident that you have fully grasped what ToK is about. Knowledge question should be applicable to various real life situations, and in this case, the real life situation should be something about space trash. Perhaps the same KQ can be applied to fashion design, chemical experiments, industrial plantations, agriculture, etc. For example a KQ could be "Does creating trash facilitate or impede progress?". I did not choose an exceptional KQ but you can see how that is applicable to a myriad of situations. Then in a ToK presentation, you should examine the answer to the question, using AoKs and WoKs. 

The purpose of this structure is to "promote" to student the way of how some thinkers get their ideas. For example you are probably familiar with Newton and apple falling, Newton is more concerned with "why does anything fall" rather than "why does this particular apple fall". The ToK presentation is meant to explore how you can make generalization and explore the validity of those generalizations. 

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See case studies with discussion and sample KQ (Knowledge Questions) for the year 2016.


Importance of KQ and RLS :

KQ( Knowledge Question): The Soul of the Presentation

·      The KQ or the knowledge question earlier referred by IB as KI (Knowledge Issue) is the search tool to build the body of your TOK Presentation. The KQs are open ended and incisive, asking for thoughtful and critical examination of the topic.

·      Develop the TOK Presentation by connecting and weaving the threads of understanding the answers to your KQs.

·      A typical KQ explores a particular topic /theme in depth or combines examining any particular AOK with a WOK tool. We have formulated sample KQs for the TOK Presentations for you to work on.


RLS (Real Life Situation): The essential for TOK Presentation


Examples and Case Studies...

·      RLS or simply put incidents from reality serve as examples for explaining and justifying our claims/counterclaims in the TOK Presentation. They serve as anecdotal evidence for our arguments.

·      RLS also double up as the case studies for TOK Presentation topics. RLS need not be contentious in nature. Good choices of RLS involve different viewpoints and are significant to us as civilization. These will prompt and invoke interesting debate and discussion.

·      The RLS used in the TOK Presentation are normally picked from the current events of your IB Diploma years. The more we can connect the AOK and WOK to the RLS, the better it is!

Hope this helps.




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