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Asking questions

1 September 2016

One of the most important skills that we can help our students to develop is the skill of "asking questions." This is fundamental to the inquiry... more

Changes to the EE

26 August 2016

As we all await the publication of the new psychology curriculum, we have also been given the new extended essay criteria. The first set of... more

Interpreting IA comments: Discussion

11 August 2016

This is the final of four blog postings on the meaning of IA comments. These comments focus on the "discussion" section of the report. more

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  • 3 Oct Chris Wainwright
    Pheromones
    Dear John, Are Pheromones included in SL, or just in HL?
  • 3 Oct Jennifer Casaine
    FAQs for Internal Assessment
    Thank you, John. This is why I wanted to clarify the word "pool." Two or 3 separate groups can do the same exact procedure, but maybe have 6 participants each. Then for the results use the total number of participants, 18. My whole class...
  • Hi John, My students are a bit confused about cross-sectional vs longitudinal. The concepts make sense but is the case above by Ramachandran longitudinal or cross sectional? I was thinking cross-sectional because the patient is being observed...
  • 3 Oct SHILPA KAPOOR
    A. Getting started
    Thank you so much. I need one more help, what inferential statistics can be used for Wason Four Card?
  • 3 Oct Christina Blicher Johnsen
    Unit plan: Determinants of health
    Great, thanks, John. I was just not sure about it. Thank you for your great work! Best regards, Christina.
  • 3 Oct John Crane
    A. Getting started
    Dear Shilpa, Yes, they are acceptable.
  • Dear Jane The original study would have them estimate the lengths of the list; they could, however, list the names, but then they are no longer testing the availability heuristic. I would probably stick to the original.
  • 3 Oct John Crane
    Getting started with EE
    Dear Bridget, Yes, all of these questions are too broad. The first one does not mean anything to me. The second one is two questions in one - and that is not allowed. And mental health is too broad. The third question does not make sense...
  • Dear Paul, yes. That is what they would expect students to do.
  • 3 Oct John Crane
    Social Identity Theory
    Thank you, Jean. Fixed.
  • Dear Christina There are no lesson plans yet for this part of the unit. It is only the content listed in the guide. I hope to have all lesson plans up before January. Right now, Laura and I are trying to get Development and Abnormal completed...
  • 3 Oct John Crane
    Evaluating experiments
    Thank you, Lojze. Fixed.