Practice Paper 3 – Observation of Hospitals – EXAMPLE ANSWERS

admin Assessment (IB), Qualitative Research Methods, Research Methodology, Revision and Exam Preparation Leave a Comment

The following are some sample answers to THIS PRACTICE PAPER THREE. Paper Three: Example Answers  The following are example answers to the practice three paper found on pg.  1.(a) Identify the research method used and outline two characteristics of the method. Method = covert participant observation Observations in qualitative studies like this one tend to happen in naturalistic environments, like hospitals. …

Essay Writing Advice: Do we need a counter-argument in every essay?

tdixon Revision and Exam Preparation Leave a Comment

Do we need a counter-argument in every essay? This is a common question that has different answers depending on who you ask, so I want to make my position on this question very clear. In my advice to students I say that yes, they should have a counter-argument in every essay. In fact, they should aim for three counter-arguments to show …

Exam Review Tip: How to create hard copy flash cards using quizlet

tdixon Revision and Exam Preparation Leave a Comment

Did you know you can use quizlet to create print flashcards? I just learned this now.   Here’s how to do it… Create your study list on quizlet Open the study set and hit the “Print” button Choose your lay-out (I recommend large and double-sided printing) and it “Open PDF” You’re now ready to print, paste and cut. Here’s a …

Key Study: Bandura’s Bobo Doll (1963)

tdixon Criminology, Developmental Psychology, Key Studies, Social and Cultural Psychology, Studies and Theories Leave a Comment

Introduction In one of his earlier research studies (1961), Bandura showed that children exposed to an aggressive model would later copy those same aggressive behaviours, even if the child was in a different setting. This supports the idea that behavior can be learned through observation, which is the major claim of Social Learning Theory (SLT). TV and films have become …

Ethical Considerations – The Belmont Report

tdixon Research Methodology Leave a Comment

One thing that makes writing about “ethical considerations” difficult in IB Psychology is when the question asks to write about “one” specifically. As we usually write about ethical guidelines (informed consent, debriefing, right to withdraw, etc.) it’s hard to identify just one as these are all interconnected. This is where using one of the three considerations that came out of …

Australia IB Psych’ Teachers Workshop – Update

tdixon Products Leave a Comment

Register HERE! We need 3-4 more participants for our Melbourne workshop in order for us to get the numbers we need to cover costs. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please get in touch and let me know if you’ve got any questions. Register HERE! WORKSHOP DETAILS Date: Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd, 2019 Location: Melbourne, Australia (Ivanhoe Grammar …

Exam tips for writing about research methods and ethics

admin Uncategorized Leave a Comment

In this blog post I’ve written about how to use the D.E.A.L framework to evaluate and write essays about theories and models in psychology. If you find this helpful, you can also apply the same acronym to writing about research methods and ethics. Let’s recap what D.E.A.L stands for when writing about theories and studies: D: Describe the theory/model/study E: …

Correlational studies on culture and behaviour

admin Human Relationships, Love and Marriage, Research Methodology Leave a Comment

One common method used to study the effects of culture on behaviour is the correlational study. This method involves measuring the strength of a relationship between two or more co-variables. In correlational studies on the effects of culture on behaviour, one variable is related to culture (e.g. cultural dimensions) and the other is related to behaviour (e.g. conformity, mate preference …

Key Study: Animal research on neuroplasticity (Rosenzweig and Bennett, 1961)

admin Biological Psychology, IB Psychology HL Extensions Leave a Comment

Background Info For a long time it was widely believed that our brain’s growth happened at a fixed rate. Many people thought that by the time we were about 4 – 6 years old, our brains had stopped developing and we were either going to be smart, dumb or average and that this wouldn’t change in our lives. However, research …