In the fourth week of March, I presented- No we, Shanaya and me, presented a ToK presentation about values of art. In our presentation, our real life situation is an art auction held online on the websites: Christie’s and Sotheby’s, where two of the ten highest value of art is sold. Through this real life situation, we generated a knowledge question:
“To what extent do emotion and reason play a role in determining the value of art?”
What went well:
I think that we chose a relevant topic that is eligible to expand in terms of Theories of Knowledge. We also chose two different areas from each Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge, and I think that we explained this bits relatively well. Finally, we also added related similar real life situation in the end that could somehow connect with our initial real life situation, as well as the concepts of WoK and AoK that we explained during the presentation.
What didn’t really went well:
I think that our presentation isn’t actually “ToK”-enough. During the process of making our presentation, we kept changing our Knowledge Question, thus it constantly alters the focus of our presentation. And since time runs out, eventually, I feel that our presentation ended up not well focused and does not answer our question really well. Also, it is true that we chose two WoKs and AoKs and explained it during the presentation, however, we are suppose to provide arguments and perspectives relating to our real life situation.
What could we do differently?
Based on the factors that we didn’t do well, I think that choosing a firm knowledge question is the most important step that needs to be done before starting on anything else. I have to make sure that the knowledge question chosen is a good ToK knowledge question, and then I can proceed in researching and so on. Then, several arguments from different perspective, preferably more than one of them, should be included in the presentation. By doing so, these arguments and perspective will be the supporting detail and the guide to construct the answer to a knowledge question.