AK1 Foundations

Welcome to AK1 Foundations

AK1 (Foundations) invites students to look at the fundamental nature of knowledge, and what it means to be a member of an epistemic community.

We ask questions such as: How should we define knowledge? To what extent do we create our own versions of reality – and why? How much can we trust our memories? How do we test for truth?

Fully-updated resources for a ChatGPT world

Aspects of Knowledge provides students with a set of skills, a mindset, and a conceptual framework designed to be applied to today’s world. But given how quickly society changes, ensuring resources remain relevant is a big challenge, and not one that can be met by static resources such as textbooks.

We have updated and edited all our resources for the 2023-24 academic year, to ensure they are driven by the very latest real-world events. And responding to the rise of AI-tools, lessons now feature extensive activities focused on ChatGPT, helping students use it ethically and effectively.

Using this course as a pathway towards an extended project

Our resources are designed not only to improve the authentic thinking skills of your students, and introduce them to the ideas of the most influential minds from the past and present, they are also designed to help you provide your students with a launchpad for their extended projects.

In the context of this unit, students could use the lessons to create an extended project on designing a modern education system, what the implications are of our minds viewing reality in a subjective way, the extent to which we can trust our memories, and the lives and legacies of Rene Descartes and John Locke.

Download a sample AK1 lesson presentation

Click on the image to download a sample lesson. The other 7 classroom-ready lessons for AK1 are available with a Thinking Hub membership. You’ll also gain access to our other resources, including the monthly newsletter, the ACT mini-lessons, Investigating Issues, and Knowledge Heroes.

ACT learning menu

Whether you’re looking to teach a generously-timetabled dedicated critical thinking course, support meta-cognition activities during ordinary lessons, or set up short discussions during tutorial time, our resources can fit in to any schedule and learning programme.

Consult the ACT menu to find options for deploying our resources and use them to create a meaningful final assessment product, and see sample schemes of work illustrating the different kinds of critical thinking courses that can be crafted.

Attend an ACT online video courses

Learn more about our resources train students to become authentic critical thinkers, introduce them to indispensable ideas and thinkers, and help them create an empowering final assessment product that showcases their skills and abilities.

The online courses are engaging, clear, and practical, and can be followed at your own pace. So whether you’re an experienced educator, or a brand-new teacher, you’ll gain meaningful takeaways that you can apply in the classroom. Coming soon!