Practice Paper 3 – Observation of Hospitals – EXAMPLE ANSWERS

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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. …

Practice Paper 3 – Observation of Hospitals – MARK SCHEME

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The following is a mark scheme to be used as a guide when marking answers to THIS PRACTICE PAPER THREE. 1.(a) Identify the research method used and outline two characteristics of the method. Method = covert participant observation (1 mark) participant observations involve the researcher becoming a member of the group they’re being observed (in this case they were a …

Practice Paper 3 – Observation of Hospitals

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The following is a summary of a study that can be used for practice when preparing for the new Paper 3. You have one hour and need to answer all five questions. The stimulus material below is based on a research article. People living in poverty find it difficult to access health care resources (e.g. medical treatment, Doctor’s appointments, vaccinations, …

Genetic similarities – twin and kinship studies on antisocial behaviour and aggression

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Clarifications to the new IB Psychology guide (first exams May 2019) has said that students might be asked specifically about twin and/or kinship studies to discuss “genetic similarities.” This blog post can be used as supplementary information if required. How and why twin studies are used in psychology Twin studies gather groups of monozygotic (MZ – identical) and dizygotic (DZ – …

So you want to assess ethical considerations?

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One way of evaluating studies in psychology is to consider whether or not the study might have ethical issues. When evaluating ethics, many students want to jump straight to condemning studies by saying something like, “This study was unethical because…”  I would refrain from making such condemnations and using this definitive language because it’s often very hard to completely write-off …

Lesson idea: Understanding research methods (with worksheet)

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Research methodology is best understood when it’s made concrete and practical. Talking about concepts in the abstract will make it hard for students to comprehend. So this lesson idea is a simple way of getting students to think about research methods in a practical way. It will only work towards the end of a research methods unit when they already …

Lesson Idea: Understanding thematic analysis

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The aim of the activities in this lesson is to help students understand the process and purpose of conducting a thematic analysis in qualitative research. This is more relevant for the “old” syllabus for IB Psychology, as thematic analysis won’t be assessed in the new curriculum. Outline Students are going to gather some data on a shared experience and then …

What is “reflexivity?”

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This is for the “old” syllabus (exams in May and Nov 2018).  What is reflexivity? Reflexivity is the process of continual reflection upon the research process by a researcher; at the heart of reflexivity is the idea of self-awareness. Students need to be able to “explain the use of reflexivity in qualitative research,” which means defining the term and explaining …

What is a “narrative interview?”

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This material is the for the “old syllabus.” Students in the new IB Psychology syllabus (first exams May, 2019), do not need to know about narrative interviews (but they do need to know about unstructured interviews). What is a narrative interview?  A “narrative” is a spoken or written summary of connected events. So a narrative interview asks questions that require …

Lesson Idea: Generalizability (External Validity)

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The Task Read the following fictional summaries of how people have applied results from psychological studies. Identify one or more reasons why the application is misguided and might not work. #1 Social Media and Anxiety: One study in the USA showed a correlation between social media and anxiety so a school in Japan has banned the use of social media. #2 Music Class …