Examining examine

IB Psychology: Examining examine

Some of the most problematic essay questions are those that start with the command term "examine". According to the IB curriculum guides, examine means to "Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue." However, this language doesn"t always seem to make sense when looking at the questions. I tell my own students that when you see the command term "examine,"...

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Kathleen Dodgen 5 August 2016 - 19:54

It looks like I need authorization to access the Tierney study. Anyone else having trouble with the link?

John Crane 7 August 2016 - 18:41

Just relinked it. See if it works now. John

Kate Lefel 22 September 2016 - 08:18

I love this - students always struggle with 'Examine'. One question though - how explicit do students have to address interrelationships? In your examples I can identify the assumptions clearly, but I'm unsure about interrelationships.
Is it in the 'link'? Where you state: Make the link - that is, what assumptions do these studies make? Where is the link to the "evolutionary explanation" - that is, the theory of natural selection? Thanks Kate

John Crane 22 September 2016 - 09:20

yes, that is exactly how I explain it to my students. Some questions are easier to demonstrate "interrelationships", especially when writing about the interaction of the different factors involved in behaviour.

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