The TOK presentation counts for ⅓ of your final TOK grade. The presentation involves identifying and exploring a knowledge question related to a real-life situation. The presentation can be given either as an individual or in a group (maximum of 3). Ten minutes per person is allowed for the presentation. The presentations take place in the second year and one grade 11 class acts as an audience for each grade 12 class.
Your TOK teacher assesses the presentations using this presentation rubric from the IB TOK guide (64). In group presentations, the same grade is awarded to all group members. To confirm the grade awarded by the teacher, each student completes a presentation planning form (TK/PPD), which is sent to the IB for moderation.
You are able to present more than once. However, subsequent presentations must use a different real-life situation and a different knowledge question.
A particular teaching group can only use each real-life situation and knowledge question once.
Preparing for the TOK Presentation
- Find an interesting real-life situation – this may be related to your life, the media, the news, your IB subjects, CAS, the Extended Essay etc.
- Identify a knowledge question related to this real-life situation – this should be written in general terms so it can be applied to other situations.
- Have an initial meeting with your teacher to discuss the suitability of your real-life situation and the knowledge question.
- Complete the presentation planning document (TK/PPD) to explore/analyse the knowledge question from different perspectives.
- Have a second meeting with your teacher to discuss the structure of your presentation.
- Rehearse the presentation.
- You may meet with your teacher one more time, if necessary.
- Present to the group.
- Answer any questions from the audience.
The Presentation Format:
The presentation should follow the outline below (taken from the IB TOK guide) to ensure you fulfil all of the requirements on the assessment rubric. The diagram illustrates the process by showing the real-life situations above the dotted line and the TOK ideas and concepts below the line. The time suggestions below are for a single presenter - pairs and trios should double or triple the times as appropriate.
1. Describe a specific real-life situation and identify the related issues (about 1 minute).
2. Identify a well-formulated knowledge question (try to include TOK terms in the knowledge question) that is clearly connected to the real-life situation (<1 minute).
3. Identify and explore (analyse) different perspectives in relation to the knowledge question e.g. Point, Evidence, Explanation (using TOK language and ideas), Counterclaim, Evidence, Explanation. (6-7 minutes).
4. Come to a conclusion regarding the initial knowledge question (<1 minute).
5. Explain the significance of the findings to the real-life situation (about 1 minute).
6. Explain the significance of the findings to two other real-life situations (about 1 minute).