IA Tip: How to begin your report…

admin Internal Assessment (IB), Teaching Ideas Leave a Comment

Sometimes the hardest part about writing a good Internal Assessment report in IB Psychology is knowing how to begin. With this simple exercise, students can (hopefully) figure out how to write a great opening couple of lines and really get their introduction off to a flying start. Students can read the following examples and see if they can come up …

IA: Final Submission Guidelines

tdixon Assessment (IB), Internal Assessment (IB) Leave a Comment

This post is designed to help you make sure that you’re following the basic IA requirements before submitting your final draft. The following guidelines come from the e-coursework handbook from the IB. This information is relevant as of March, 2018. Please always refer to official IB documentation and ask your DP Co-ordinator for the latest updates. Formatting Guidance The following …

Lesson Idea: Experimental Designs

tdixon Internal Assessment (IB), Research Methodology Leave a Comment

The purpose of this activity is to help you learn about design choices experimenters have and to think about the benefits and limitations of using each design. You will also learn about terminology for extraneous variables and other controls. It is designed to be studied during the Quantitative Methods unit (Chapter 6, 6.1b). It should take about 15-20 minutes. Key …

Demand characteristics: What are they really?

tdixon Internal Assessment (IB), Research Methodology, Teaching Ideas Leave a Comment

I was reading another research methods chapter in a new psychology textbook the other day and despite it’s excellent content in research methodology, it still (I think) mis-defined demand characteristics.  The most common definition of demand characteristics out there goes something like, “demand characteristics are when participants are aware of the aim of the research and change their behaviour in a …

Internal Validity: And why I don’t teach it…

tdixon Curriculum, Internal Assessment (IB), Research Methodology Leave a Comment

I’d love to hear how you feel about my rationale for not teaching students how to evaluate studies based on internal validity. There is one exception, however: their IA. I only introduce the concept of internal validity during the analysis of their IA results and procedures, as this is the only study I expect them to be able to make …

Hypotheses

tdixon Assessment (IB), Internal Assessment (IB), Research Methodology Leave a Comment

What are experimental hypothesis and null hypotheses? (HL Only) Null Hypothesis The null hypothesis states that no significant difference is expected to be found between the groups on the measure of the dependent variable, and that any difference found is due to chance. This will become important later on when you apply the inferential statistics to your data. The purpose of …

Hypotheses (HL)

tdixon Internal Assessment (IB), Research Methodology Leave a Comment

What you need to know…             HL students need to have an experimental and a null hypothesis. They should make note if their experimental hypothesis is one-tailed or two-tailed as this will be important when they come to conduct the statistical tests. When researchers make a prediction it’s only natural to want to “prove” that prediction right. So a null …