Writing samples: Development

The following section includes annotated samples of responses to exam questions - as well as strategies for answering questions based on the command terms. The responses are not from the IB.  They are based on work done in-class by students, or they are created specifically for the site. Often the sample is designed to provide examples of common mistakes or in order to show something that should be done for higher marks. 

There is no definitive list of questions for this curriculum - so the list of potential questions below is not exhaustive.  However, I do believe that most of the questions will fall within the list that has been provided below. Remember that there are no SAQs on Paper 2.

For the ERQ responses, students will need to include two or more pieces of research.

Potential exam questions: Developing as a learner

All of these learning outcomes are written as "discuss" questions, but they could also be asked as contrast, evaluate and to what extent questions.

Combining topic and guidance

  • Discuss a biological approach to understanding our developing as a learner.
  • Discuss a cognitive approach to understanding our developing as a learner.
  • Discuss a sociocultural approach to understanding our developing as a learner.
  • Discuss ethical considerations in the study of developing as a learner.
  • Discuss approaches to research used to understand our developing as a learner.

Content only

  • Discuss one theory of cognitive development.
  • Contrast two theories of cognitive development.
  • Discuss the role of brain development in developing as a learner.

Potential exam questions: Influences on cognitive and social development

All of these learning outcomes are written as "discuss" questions, but they could also be asked as contrast, evaluate and to what extent questions.

Combining topic and guidance

  • Discuss ethical considerations in the study of cognitive and/or social development.
  • Discuss approaches to research in the study of cognitive and/or social development.

Content only

  • Discuss the role of peers in development
  • Discuss the role of play in development
  • Discuss research of the role of peers and/or play in development.
  • Discuss research on resilience.
  • Discuss effects of childhood trauma on development. 
  • Discuss the role of poverty/socioeconomic status on development.
  • Discuss research on the role of poverty in development.

Potential exam questions: Developing an identity

All of these learning outcomes are written as "discuss" questions, but they could also be asked as contrast, evaluate and to what extent questions.

Combining topic and guidance

  • Discuss a biological approach to understanding developing an identity.
  • Discuss a cognitive approach to understanding developing an identity.
  • Discuss a sociocultural approach to understanding developing an identity.
  • Discuss ethical considerations in the study of developing an identity.
  • Discuss approaches to research used to understand developing an identity.

Content only

  • Discuss research on attachment.
  • Discuss gender identity.
  • Discuss research on social roles.
  • Discuss the development of empathy and theory of mind.
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