AK4 Perspectives

Welcome to AK4 Perspectives

AK4 (Perspectives) invites students to think about how our perspectives and biases shape the way we approach knowledge, and understand the world. 

We ask questions such as: How do our unconscious biases shape how we see the world? Why do people reject mainstream ideas? Is history told from the point of view of the victors? To what extent do we judge people via a ‘single story’?

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 how we are influenced by unconscious bias, whether the arts can provide us with the means to escape our ‘echo chambers’, and how governments and organizations use history to consolidate their positions of power.

Download a sample AK4 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.

Authentic critical thinking 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!