Qualitative Study Examples

Travis Dixon Qualitative Research Methods, Teaching Ideas 5 Comments

There are plenty of freely available qualitative studies on google scholar. One way to find studies is to ask your students to think of a topical subject in the media that has caught their attention lately. Google search “qualitative psychology (your topic)” and see what you can find. Another approach is to find studies that could help them understand other …

Lesson Ideas: Qualitative Methods

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Full credit for the ideas in this post go to Alan Law who shared these with me recently.  Problem-based Approach Find and source a real example of a qualitative study and provide students with a very brief summary of the central research question of the study. Then ask students in small groups to decide what method they would use to …

How to explain the use of a research method

Travis Dixon Biological Psychology, Revision and Exam Preparation, Teaching Ideas 5 Comments

In both the “old” and “new” IB Psychology syllabi, students have to be able to discuss the use of research methods (and brain imaging techniques). Before we see how to do this, it’s important to make one clarification first: the IB considers the following to be research methods: Experiments (including true, natural, quasi and field experiments) Case studies Correlational studies Interviews …

Teaching Tip: 3 ways to save hours of teaching time

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As we’re all figuring out the new course, including course plans, this first year or two you might be feeling like you’re behind and you’re worried about getting everything covered in time for the exams. This post will explain how you can cut masses of content from your course, while still being assured your kids will be fine for the …

Lesson/Revision Idea: The Two Minute Drill

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How it works… Put two minutes on a timer (I use a trusty kitchen timer) Project a possible exam question, maybe one for a topic that you’ve been working on or revising Students have two minutes to outline a plan of how they’d answer that question A4 pieces of paper cut in half are good to use Collect all answers …

Teaching Tip: 10 Ways to Teach Studies

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I’ve found that talking about study after study in IB Psychology can become a little tedious, not just for me but for the students, too. I like a bit of variation and these ten activities could be applied to any study. Picture puzzles Murder mystery Painting picasso’s Replication Re-enactment Silent sorting Unscrambling Memory tests Speed dating Consolidating quizzes Here they …

Love and Marriage Support Pack is Now Available

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added another support pack to the store. Chapter 5 – Love and Marriage is now ready to roll. Go to our store (link) and you’ll find our support packs We’ve tried to make the resource better by implementing some feedback: We’ve made them easier to edit so teachers can adapt them more easily We’ve …

When drug trials go wrong…

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When testing a new drug there always has to be volunteers for the first human participants to take the drug. But what happens if the trial fails. Like, fails really badly? This is what happened in 2006 when eight male volunteers signed up to be participants in a “first in humans” study. The treatment was a proposed cancer treatment, but …

So you want to assess population validity?

Travis Dixon Revision and Exam Preparation, Teaching Ideas 2 Comments

  If you’re reading this it might be because you’ve written something like this in your answer and tried to fob it off as critical thinking: “One of the limitations of this study was that it has a small sample size and so lacks population validity.”  The thing to remember when trying to show critical thinking is that it takes …

5 reasons why evaluating every study is a bad idea.

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I’ve been teaching the new IB Psychology course for two months and haven’t evaluated a single study in my class. In this post you’ll see why. If you’re evaluating all the studies you’re using in your course, I’d strongly recommend dropping this approach in favour of some alternative approaches. In this post I’ll explain why I think “evaluating as you …