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IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)

IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)
The Course Companion supports the syllabus and includes all options. It promotes cross-cultural links and provides connections to TOK. Ideas for EE are also included.

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Psychology SL and HL (International Baccalaureate)

Psychology SL and HL (IB) provides practical support and guidance to help students prepare for their DP exams for psychology at both SL and HL.

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Psychology for the IB Diploma Study Guide (Oxford). A revision guide that takes students through the learning objectives with clear guidance for how to answer the questions - whether as SAQs or essays.

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Asking questions

Thursday 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

Friday 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

Thursday 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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  • 29 Sep Angela Chamosfakidis
    Origins of violence
    John, I am in need of your help once more... I have a student who proposes the evaluation of the evolutionary neuroandrogenic (ENA) theory in male criminal behavior as the main topic of her EE. The theory proposes that criminality results...
  • Hi John, I've had a few students ask me if they can use "outside" research or examples that would further support their answers when writing their LAQ or SAQ. For example when talking about abnormal psychology and homosexual behavior - the...
  • 29 Sep Ken Huber
    Approving IAs
    One of my students is planning to do the "Color and psychological functioning" experiment. It is listed in the recommended IAs section on this site. The aim is to determine the effect of the color red on performance. In the original, subjects...
  • 28 Sep John Crane
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    Kasia, we are encouraged to only have two conditions - so either the two groups with two levels of the IV or an experimental and control group. The reason for this is the application of the inferential statistics. It gets more complex once...
  • 28 Sep John Crane
    Changes to the EE
    That's correct, Angela.
  • 28 Sep Kasia Siemieniuk
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    Ok, thank you, I got it. Another question if I might - it's two conditions, right, but could it be two groups (one for each condition) and then a control group?
  • 27 Sep Kasia Siemieniuk
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    I'm talking about the one in 1966 - it's this the original one, right?
  • 27 Sep Angela Chamosfakidis
    Changes to the EE
    Thank you John -So just to be clear students' reflections will not be assessed this May...Since the new curriculum will take effect in May 2018.
  • 27 Sep Sarah Healey
    The Mann Whitney U Test
    Excellent - thank you. We did have some outliers in the sample so I will encourage them to use this as justification.
  • 27 Sep John Crane
    The Mann Whitney U Test
    Not necessarily. But it is to include if they can see that there were outliers in the sample. To be honest, when we get to the new curriculum, they will be much more tolerant of the t-test. Apparently, statisticians feel that the test is...
  • 27 Sep John Crane
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    If you are doing that experiment, you must focus on the original study with regard to the distraction time at the end of reading the list and not simply the placement of the words on the list.
  • 27 Sep Kasia Siemieniuk
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    Hello, am I getting, from the list bellow, that Glanzer & Cunitz is a bad idea for the IA?