Personal and shared knowledge as an opportunity: Why we need these terms back when we teach thematically

Alexey Popov Assessment, Curriculum Leave a Comment

This blog post belongs to a series entitled “Traps and loopholes in the new TOK syllabus”. You can access the full list of blog posts in the series here.  In the previous blog post (see here) I suggested that the distinction between personal and shared knowledge was removed from the new Guide because it does not sit well with the …

Personal and shared knowledge as a trap: Why has the difference been removed?

Alexey Popov Assessment, Curriculum Leave a Comment

This blog post belongs to a series entitled “Traps and loopholes in the new TOK syllabus.” You can access the full list of blog posts in the series here.  Earlier I explored traps and opportunities in the new TOK syllabus associated with the “compulsory” knowledge framework and the new “themes” (for an overview of the new TOK spec, see The …

Themes as a trap: does the TOK exhibition have to be based on one of the themes?

Alexey Popov Assessment, TOK Exhibition Leave a Comment

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts entitled “Traps and loopholes in the new TOK syllabus”. You can access the full list of blog posts in the series here. As you know, in the new TOK syllabus the old presentation was replaced by the TOK exhibition for the Internal Assessment (IA). Students need to display three real-world …

Themes as a trap: TOK essay is based on areas of knowledge

Alexey Popov Areas of Knowledge, Assessment, Curriculum Leave a Comment

This is the forth in a series of blog posts entitled “Traps and loopholes in the new TOK syllabus”. You can access the full list of blog posts in the series here.  Earlier I explored traps and opportunities linked to the “compulsory” knowledge framework in the new TOK spec. Now it’s time to switch over to another key addition in …