TERM 2, Semester 1
Prescribed Title: “Over time, knowledge has become more accurate.” Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.
Due: Week 5, Beginning of lesson, 21 May 2019
Instructions (as per instructions for the real essay)
Your theory of knowledge essay for examination must be submitted to your teacher for authentication.
The focus of your essay should be on knowledge questions. Where appropriate, refer to other parts of your IB programme and to your experiences as a knower. Always justify your statements and provide relevant examples to illustrate your arguments. Pay attention to the implications of your arguments, and remember to consider what can be said against them.
If you use external sources, cite them according to a recognized convention.
Examiners mark essays against the title as set. Respond to the title exactly as given; do not alter it in any way.
Your essay must have a maximum of 1200 words, it must be double spaced and typed in size 12 font.
Tackling the prescribed title
Unpacking the PT – The follow is a suggested process to take. Please note a different prescribed title (PT) has been used.
Stage 1: Creating knowledge questions and pinning down the key words and terms in the titles
From the May 2016 titles: “In gaining knowledge, each area of knowledge uses a network of ways of knowing.” Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.
Step 1: Choose your AOKs that you will explore in your essay
· Natural sciences
Step 2: Turn the PT into a KQ, and apply it to your AOKs
· In order to gain knowledge in history, do we use a network of ways of knowing?
· In order to gain knowledge in the natural sciences, do we use a network of ways of knowing?
Step 3: Apply your own understanding and language to the KQs
· To successfully gain historical knowledge, do we need to apply and interlink multiple ways of knowing?
· In the natural sciences, does one way of knowing dominate the process of acquiring knowledge?
Step 4: What are the key words and terms that need pinning down?
· ‘Gaining’ knowledge - suggests acquiring, finding out, learning, though not necessarily using, knowledge.
· ‘Network’ of ways of knowing’ - suggests more than one (or multiple) way of knowing, with an implication that these are interlinked and interdependent
This discussion belongs in your introduction, and is the most important element of your essay. It shows the examiner that you have a good initial understanding of the question, and will form the foundation of your later discussions.
The key words and terms that need pinning down
Stage 2: Claim and counterclaims
Step 1: Turn your KQs into knowledge claims and counterclaims
· Claim - In order to successfully gain historical knowledge, we often need to apply and interlink multiple ways of knowing....