Setting up the course

IB Psychology: Setting up the course

Here is a simple slide-show that gives some tips for setting up your course in IB Psychology. For each of the slides, I have put a few notes below to provide clarity. Setting up your courseFollowing the slides that are outlined below, the slideshow has three models of how you might set up the course.When I first thought about setting up the course, I thought it would be really interesting to do a "theme" based course...

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Comments 5

Joanne Edwards 7 July 2016 - 18:00

I'm hoping you are able to help me. I am setting up a new IB Psychology course and I am trying to decide how it should be organised. I have read through your slides and the models you advise but I have a few questions. I am teaching both SL and HL: the HL students will be taught together with the SL for 2/3 of the time and then 1/3 on their own. At the start of the year they all will complete an introduction to research together and then start the three approaches but I am unsure as to what the HL students should begin with. I am thinking of doing a more indepth introduction to research and then starting on one of options. Do you think this is a good idea?
Thank you for your help.

John Crane 20 July 2016 - 09:50

Joanne, I think that this is a very good idea. Maybe even have the students do an observational study to get them to think about the need to plan out a research - for example, how are we going to define our terms, carry out the study, record data, interpret data, etc. Using your extra time in year one to have them do hands-on experiences of the different research methods will make them stronger when you start giving them practice Paper 3s to work on. They should be able to look back at their own experience when carrying out research and apply it to the questions.

Joanne Edwards 8 August 2016 - 13:44

I think the idea of designing an experiment would be really helpful and interesting for them - Thank you for your help.

James Ranni 3 February 2017 - 08:09

Since IB has done some fairly considerable revision to the structure of the course, will there be suggestions for setting up the course using the new subject guide?
Thank you for the help.

John Crane 4 February 2017 - 06:11

Yes, the site will be updated to reflect the new curriculum. All in good time.

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