A Knowledge Issue is effectively a question about the validity of a knowledge claim.
If I claim to know something, what general questions does this raise?
This can be a positive or negative question.
They can apply to any aspect of knowledge and may refer to the acquisition, production, shaping, classification, status, and acceptance or rejection of knowledge. Knowledge issues range from the extremely general (“Can a fact exist without a context?”, “What constitutes good evidence?”) to the specific (“How can we distinguish between valid and invalid deductive arguments?”, “What should the role of emotion be in the justification of ethical decisions?”).
For the essay and the presentation, your KI should be open-ended and general, in order to give you the scope for a full investigation.
Knowledge issues that are most likely to support high levels of achievement are:
• open-ended questions that admit more than one possible answer
• explicitly about knowledge in itself and not subject-specific claims
• couched in terms of TOK vocabulary and concepts: the areas of knowledge, the ways of knowing and the concepts in the linking questions—belief, certainty, culture, evidence, experience, explanation, interpretation, intuition, justification, truth, values
• precise in terms of the relationships between these concepts