Explaining command terms

IB Psychology: Explaining command terms

The following activity is something that I do throughout the two years with my students to review the command terms. The goal is to have them decode the question in light of the command term. Explaining command termsIt is important to understand the official IB definitions of the command terms, but here is a short-cut to help you interpret the rather complex ideas behind the terms.Outline - Demonstrate brief, general...


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Laurie Williamson 11 March 2017 - 01:27

John, in terms of marking an SAQ, when a student describes rather than outlines, how does that affect the markband?

Laurie Williamson 11 March 2017 - 02:02

What I mean is, I can see it would fall into the mid range at best, but can you give me a sense of the relative level that an answer that might score high on describe might drop to?

John Crane 11 March 2017 - 18:10

Sorry, Laurie. I don't understand your question. If a question asks students to outline and they describe, they will not be dropped down for this. It is rather unclear what the exact difference between outline and describe would be when the students are being asked to essentially write for twenty minutes on each SAQ.

Laurie Williamson 12 March 2017 - 03:56

Thank you, that was actually what I was asking. If they are asked to outline but they describe, I wondered if they might therefore be not responsive to the command term and fall into the midrange somewhere as a result.


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