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The following lesson plan focuses on the role of poverty/socioeconomic status on cognitive and social development. This lesson is linked to the chapter Poverty and development in the online text.Introducing conceptsFirst, students should watch this video at home - or you may choose to show it to start the class.Start the lesson with a quick discussion of Bregman’s solution for poverty. Why is...
This lesson will address the effectiveness of health programs. The goal of this lesson is to look at the question of how we can determine whether a health campaign is effective. You will see that this is very difficult to measure and often leads to bias in the interpretation of findings and the evaluation of the strategy.Evaluating campaignsTake a look at this campaign which encourages people to become...
The following is a quiz that I give to my students about two weeks into our study of memory. For this assessment, the Multi-Store Model is the focus.Sample answers are included below. Notice that for each of the questions, the response directly answer the prompt. Also, note that when only one limitation is asked for, only one should be assessed. Into to cognitive quizPotential responses1. Draw the...
The following sample is a response to the question: Evaluate research into the influence of poverty on children’s cognitive and/or social development.The sample response is an example of an exemplary response that should receive top marks. Comments about the essay are included below.The highlighted areas of the essay demonstrate critical thinking.This essay was written by Laura Swash.Sample...
The following set of practice papers are not official IB papers. As of the creation of this page, there is only one specimen paper available. All of the papers are created here by me, based on examiner experience.The questions for the papers are always the same. An explanation of the questions is given below.For each exam, there is a set of sample responses. Remember that in the new curriculum the...
Essential understandingsOur behaviour is influenced by others, even when we believe that we are acting independently.We have both an individual and a social identity which influences our behaviour.Behaviours are learned through our interaction and observation of others.Stereotypes affect behaviour.The sociocultural approachPsychologists recognize that human behaviour can only be fully understood if...
The following lesson introduces the Schema theory - its strengths and limitations. It is also a precursor to the lessons on reconstructive memory and the reliability of cognitive processes. This lesson takes two 80-minute periodsThe following Powerpoint was developed together with Anna Yakutonok from the Prague British School. It may be used together with the lesson plan below. Schema theory pptTask...
The following lesson plan looks at the Dual Processing Theory of thinking and decision making. There are several short activities used in this lesson which are all based on Daniel Kahneman's book "Thinking Fast and Slow." The lesson is not research heavy because the research on cognitive biases - that is, heuristics - can also be used to demonstrate the model and how it works.Introducing...
This lesson plan examines the role of emotion on memory. The theory that will be discussed is Flashbulb Memory.This part of the unit will introduce some of the biological concepts that will be discussed in the next part of the course - specifically, the use of an fMRI and the role of the hormone adrenaline in the creation of emotional memories.In addition, this part of the unit is also linked to the...
This section of the site is devoted to materials that may be used to organize and assist students in the setting up and carrying out of the internal assessment. The section includes suggestions for experiments to replicate, reminders of restrictions for the internal assessment, planners and checklists, as well as samples of IA's which students should consult before starting their report writing....
John Crane provides an invaluable resource for all IB Psychology teachers. The site provides up to date studies and relevant material in the current news. It has become my go-to source for IB specific materials.
InThinking has been a tremendous help for a first time IB Psychology teacher. The students have found the lessons relevant and rigorous. I am very impressed by the variety of materials and writing samples available on the website.
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19 Feb Sania Begum
Internal assessments: Samples and markingDear John, I would appreciate if you could help me clarify the meaning of the top mark band for Analysis. Please see my questions below IN CAPS: 1) Descriptive and inferential statistics are appropriately and accurately applied. I ASSUME...
19 Feb Dwi Astuti
Qualitative research methodsOkay. Thanks a lot, John.
19 Feb Richard Knuckey
Unit plan: TreatmentHi John I've (somewhat foolishly in hindsight) decided to focus on the Treatment topic for Abnormal. From what I've garnered from you and others the possible treatment questions could be: - Discuss ethical considerations in the treatment of...
18 Feb KIS International School
Writing samples: CognitiveThanks John. Ana
18 Feb mandy wood
ERQ: Biological etiology of MDDHi there, I know this is based on a student answer and you want to show us authentic examples but I think it might be worth pointing out a problem with the vocab in the part that says "The study had a large sample size. This means increases...
18 Feb Karl Sineath
LP 7: The evolution of attractionAs my students start reviewing material for the exam, I've run across this question: Can students use studies about language acquisition--such as those that show how language perception changes in the first year (Werker & Lalonde, 1988)--to...
18 Feb Karl Sineath
LP 9: Genetics and sexualityAs I start to move into review mode, it is not entirely clear to me the kind of exam question that would lead students to discuss epigenetics. My understanding is that the questions on the exam can be asked at the topic-level or the content-level,...
18 Feb Richard Knuckey
Writing samples: AbnormalNo probs .. I understand. Thanks again for the great efforts.
18 Feb Phil Higgins
Biological approachJohn, I posted this originally in the wrong place, but hopefully this is more appropriately located: Fellow IB psychology teachers, if you haven’t viewed “three identical strangers” there is so many applications to the curriculum in this...
18 Feb John Crane
HRLP 2.1 Biology of attractionDear Sergio Not necessarily. If they are asked about a biological approach, they could focus on two different biological factors.
18 Feb John Crane
Qualitative research methodsDear Dwi It is rather tricky. Sometimes, it is a research method. In that case, it functions sort of like a "written interview." The results are then analysed through a content analysis. But when people are given a questionnaire or survey...
18 Feb John Crane
Depressive disordersDear Joel I am also teaching some of this for abnormal psychology. It is definitely possible to use for biological arguments, even though it is not part of the core specifically.