Unlike the Theory of Knowledge Course Companion (Oxford University Press, 2013) and my blog postings, most of the resources on this page can’t be found elsewhere. All of them are things I’ve written or designed myself. You’re welcome to download them and to use them if you find them helpful.
I’m making most of these available with a Creative Commons license: that is, they are free for educational use as long as you credit the source (my name’s along the bottom of each). In doing so, I’m taking part in a long tradition in the IB Theory of Knowledge teaching community of acknowledging sources but freely sharing ideas.
I started this website in July 2014. I’ll be adding to the resources below from time to time.
— Eileen Dombrowski
Download Collected Blog Posts
When you read my ideas for TOK or my lesson suggestions on the web, you can search pretty easily by using the tag cloud or the search window. But I suspect that others share my own frequent preference to have a booklet of ideas saved on my own computer for that free moment…later on. (Yes, that one.)
And so…. I’ve compiled all the posts Theo and I have done in 2014 and 2015 into “compendiums” for download and stuck a Table of Contents at the front of each to help you skim it more readily as you look for ideas relevant to your own context. Download by hitting the links below.
Purposeful TOK: Views on Teaching
The following paper is a personal view on how TOK should be taught. Download by clicking on this link: Eileen Dombrowski Purposeful TOK . In many ways, you’ll find it core TOK and nothing new. In other ways, though, it is provocative: I’m arguing that there is a “better way” to teach TOK (at least in terms of connecting and sequencing core concepts) and I’m expanding on concepts that I feel have been insufficiently explained or developed in the latest TOK Guide.
Where next for TOK?
As IB Theory of Knowledge goes into the process of curriculum review in January 2016, I share here my hopes for what our TOK colleagues in the group tasked with revisions will take into consideration. Above all, I hope they will clarify concepts, make their connections clear and explicit, simplify the framework, and place the emphasis in the Guide and supporting materials more firmly on inquiry. You can read my blog post of January 27, 2016, or download a document version here: Dombrowski where next for TOK
Planning the Class Presentation
The following guide sheet, based on the step-by-step planning in the TOK Course Companion, helps students come prepared to the first student-teacher consultation on the presentation. I give a pdf version below but also one in Word so that students can easily fill out their responses on their own computers — and, if you require, submit it to you in advance of your meeting. Please feel free to use it or adapt it to your own class needs.
Download pdf version: TOK presentation guide sheet
Download Word version: TOK presentation guide sheet
Who is the TOK teacher?
This is an excerpt from a paper published by the IB in May 2011: Eileen Dombrowski, John Mackenzie, Mike Clarke, “Perspectives on a curious subject: What is IB theory of knowledge all about?”
The paper as a whole deals with the nature of Theory of knowledge — the educational theory behind it (social constructivism, metacognitive inquiry), structure of TOK inquiry, role in the IB. Written early in the recent curriculum review, the paper is somewhat out of date in some of its terminology, but most of it remains relevant. The following excerpt (19-21) is taken from the section “TOK inquiry in the classroom”.
Graphic overview of the TOK course, connecting Overview Conceptual Understanding of knowledge with Applied Critical Analysis.
This graphic links our TOK concepts with TOK thinking skills. Download by clicking on this link: DOMBROWSKI TOK OVERVIEW
Knowledge Framework, Simplified
Why simplify the Knowledge Framework into questions What, Why, and How? For my reasons, see my blog post: Simplifying the knowledge framework, entry level.
You can download by clicking this link: Dombrowski knowledge framework