Tackling Nov 2011 & May 2012 TOK Questions
Please note that the suggested interpretation is one of various ways possible. There are many ways toapproach a TOK essay.
Q1: Knowledge is generated through the interaction of critical and creative thinking. Evaluate this statement in two areas of knowledge.
³evaluate´ would require you to argue to what extent you agree with the statement.
Understanding the question
± In order for knowledge to be generated, does it require the interaction of critical thinking and creative thinking? Are both equally important? Is one more important than the other?Or is critical thinking alone enough? Or is creative thinking alone enough? Each scenario should belinked to either one of two AOKs. They need to be linked to several WOKs too. Not all of the scenariosneed to be discussed due to the word limit. Neither do you want to focus on only one or two scenarios.
What not to do
± an extensive treatment of what knowledge is all about, the philosophy behindknowledge etc. Likewise, an extensive treatment of critical thinking and creative thinking is not required.A light treatment is essential, but not more than that.
What to do
± focus on ONLY two AOKs. Choose contrasting AOKs. Suggestions are:
natural sciences and human sciences
natural sciences and arts
natural sciences and history
natural sciences and ethics
math with any of the AOKs above (except natural sciences)
inks to WOKs
± ensure that at least two WOKs are used. The obvious choices are logic and perception, but given proper treatment, language and emotion will work well too.
± one would generally equate natural sciences/math with critical thinking. Don¶t stop there please. Question the relevance of creative thinking in natural sciences/math.Likewise, whilst you argue about how important creativity is important for the arts/human sciences, donot fail to question the relevance of critical thinking in those areas.
± Could Victor Hugo have written
(1862) without a massive interactionof critical and creative thinking? Obviously not!Here¶s an example where critical thinking alone is enough. When scientists discover a new species of animal (say a frog with fangs?!), is there much imagination involved? They need to use critical thinkinghere ± check various sources before announcing this as a new find. By the way, this is not myimagination ± WWF scientists discovered frogs with fangs in New Guinea in June 2011. Note: This is not to say that scientific thinking does not involve creative thinking as it does, really (seecomments thread). What I gave here is just an example.