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John Crane has worked at the International School of Prague since 1988. He has 20 years of experience teaching psychology and has done workshops for teachers for the past 15 years. His speciality areas focus on cross-cultural research with a focus on the role of culture in overcoming trauma within communities. He is also an avid traveler, having visited over 100 countries.
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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.
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.
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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Below you will find three sample SAQs for the question: Explain the use of one research method used in the sociocultural approach, making use of one study. For each of the samples, refer to the rubric to award marks 1 - 9. After each sample there is a predicted grade as well as feedback on the strengths and limitations of the sample. SAQ rubric SAQ Sample 1 The research method used...
The InThinking IB Psychology website was extremely helpful during my first two years teaching IB Psychology. I have been able to easily gain access and insight into the IB curriculum.
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I have used several of the resources on this site! In addition, the site organization has helped me to better grasp how to organize my coursework...I wish I had more free time to search on the site! I'm grateful that our school paid the subscription...
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
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
23 Oct Pepsi Dayzon
McGaugh & Cahill (1995)Hi John, can we also use this study for brain localization? Amygdala and fear in this case Thanks!
23 Oct Danyelle Cawood
Evaluating EE questionsHi John I have a student interested in doing a question similar to number 16. Could she do To what extent do biological and environmental factors contribute to criminal behaviour.
22 Oct Hana Majzoub
PheromonesHi John, I'm a bit confused about the new curriculum,in particular about this topic which is on pheromones. Thus, I need to ask you a few questions:Is it common for both SL & HL students? Is this topic a unit on its own or is it related to...
22 Oct Danyelle Cawood
Internal AssessmentThanks John for the feedback and I have now managed to open and save the powerpoints. Danyelle
21 Oct Barbara Adachi
Teaching ideasWow! After 9 years I might have it right?!
21 Oct Barbara Adachi
Writing samples:BiologicalCould that be shared with the group? It would be helpful to understand the new grading. Thanks.
21 Oct Anna Błaszczak
Methodology in socioculturalDear John, I used Festinger study as classic example of covert participants observation in SC approach (new guide) but then was confused because the topic called "cognitive dissonance" was included in cognitive approach. How do you thing, will...
20 Oct John Crane
Loftus & Palmer (1974)Dear Alastair - the point is that they cannot guarantee that they are actually "remembering" the accident, but perhaps are simply trying to answer the questions with appropriate responses. You are correct that this is not a great point, so...
20 Oct John Crane
Emotions revisionIan, I agree with you that misattribution would be a good argument for the "to what extent" part of the question. They could use LeDoux as well. Either approach would be fine. I think that the "to what extent" question here is rather difficult...
20 Oct Alastair Ewins
Loftus & Palmer (1974)Some of my students were a bit puzzled by the following claim in the evaluation of the first Loftus and Palmer experiment. “Another problem could be demand characteristics since the participants knew they were participating in an experiment....
20 Oct Ian Latham
Emotions revisionLe Doux, Singer & Schacter and Speisman all provide evidence and/or theory supporting the interaction of cognitive and biological factors. Yet this can be a 'To what extent...?' question. If it is asked as TWE, then what is the counter-argument...
20 Oct Alison Young
Writing the Extended EssayThanks John, This is my first year teaching Psychology and first EE. I just got your subscription last week and it has been an incredibly helpful resource already!