Florida Workshop July 2019 is ON! Registration closes soon.

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Our first USA workshop for IB Psychology is confirmed for July 17th-19th, Venice High School, Florida. I booked my flights yesterday so there’s no turning back and it’s not too late to register, but be quick as registration is closing soon.  REGISTER ONLINE HERE… Download a logistics information pack HERE!!

Lesson Idea: Understanding generalizability and population validity

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If you want to write excellent evaluations of psychological studies then generalizability is a really important term to know. It’s also called external validity and it refers to the extent to which we could expect the same results in a different context (i.e. do the results apply beyond the study, external to the study?). In this post we’ll focus on population validity (read more …

Lesson Ideas: Understanding Semi-structured Interviews

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Conducting your own qualitative research is an engaging and effective way to learn about qualitative methodology. Activity Outline You’re about to conduct your own semi-structured interviews on other students in your class. This will help you understand what a semi-structured interview is, as well as its strengths and limitations. (This activity is designed to go with Lesson 9.1(c) Semi-Structured Interviews …

Lesson Idea – Understanding Etiologies With a Case Study

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This lesson is designed to help students understand how reduced function in the vmPFC might be connected with symptoms of PTSD. As with other similar lesson ideas, it tries to make the abstract more concrete by giving real-life examples.  The Activity Students are to read the following summary of Due, a fictionary Vietnamese War vetern. After reading the summary, they …

Lesson Idea: Kahn the Caveman

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This lesson comes from the PTSD unit/chapter and will help students understand an evolutionary explanation of the effects of stress (emotion) on memory. It also helps consolidate learning about fear conditioning, which is a key concept in the study of PTSD. Kahn the Caveman! Kahn is living 40,000 years ago. He’s part of a hunter-gatherer tribe living in Southern Europe. …

IA Tip: How to begin your report…

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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 …

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 …

What should we include in a mock exam? (Year One)

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The guidance in this post is going to be most helpful for teachers who are: teaching a two year course using our textbook, IB Psychology: A Student’s Guide  …and are following a similar course structure to the one I’ve proposed here. (i.e. Criminology, Social Influence and Quantitative Methods covered in Year One). Here’s what I include in my End-Of-Year Exam for …

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. It is not necessary to study how qualitative data is analyzed in the new IB Psychology curriculum, but it could be useful to help deepen your understanding of qualitative methods (and it could be used in …

Help us, we’re drowning!

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There’s a lot of content in the IB Psychology course and if your not careful, this can have a negative impact on student understanding and the development of their critical thinking skills. I’ve written about this extensively, but as I’m playing around with screencasting and making video tutorials, I thought with the help of visual aids I’d try explaining how …