AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE:
FOUR KEY ELEMENTS

1. Scope

What exactly is being studied or what is this area about? What kinds of problems can be solved? What are the current open questions—important questions currently unanswered?
 

2. PERSPECTIVES:

What are some of the key concepts and key terms used?  What metaphors and other language considerations pertain to this area? How do individuals contribute to this area and what responsibilities rest upon them when they do?
 

3. MethodS AND TOOLS

What methods or procedures are used? What kinds of skills are involved? What assumptions underlie them?  What is the role of technology in this domain? What role do models play?
 

4. ETHICS

What are some of the ethical constraints on the methods used the scope of inquiry in this domain?i

Joseph Wright of Derby (1768)   An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump.   Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London

Joseph Wright of Derby (1768) An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump.
Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London

CLASS ACTIVITY

Begin with students working individually. The activity is based on the Group 6 IB subject that they are actually studying.  Using the printable pdf, allow a strictly timed 20 minutes for students to brainstorm, and write bullet point responses to, the sets of questions above as they pertain to their Group 6 subject. Tell them that a some specific, real-life examples should included whenever possible. The teacher should roam freely, fielding clarification questions and offering generative hints as needed.

Next students should be placed in random triplets. For a timed 5 minutes they should share, inspire, critique and appropriate ideas, annotating their draft responses all the while.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT

Convert your brainstorming notes and annotations; and any subsequent reflections, into a coherent, grammatical, five paragraph, mini essay of no more than 900 words. Invent your own title making sure that you express it as a question?