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  • 17 Jan Iaa Hedin
    Paper 3 clarifications
    But, in the guide they say: Generalization for quantitative research This is based on probability sampling and the results are applicable to the whole target population. Transferability for qualitative research Findings from a study can...
  • 17 Jan Anastasia Panidou
    Paper 2 clarifications
    Dear John, Thank you very much for your prompt reply. Have a nice day!
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    Forming the research question
    Dear Alessandra The first two are fine. I am not sure about the third one. Do you mean "God?" In that case, the student will have to be very careful to use psychological research. I worry that this would turn into a non-academic paper....
  • Dear Ethan The problem with the rubric is that the explanation provided above the boxes does not match what is in the indicators. The "focus" should be on the question. So, this student has an essay focused on the demands of the question....
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    Qualitative research methods
    Dear Reva Technically, they can be asked to contrast two research methods on paper 1. So, they should know at least two research methods - how they work and their strengths and limitations. They do not need to learn more than that.
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    Paper 1 clarifications
    Dear Ranjani, HL students may have one, two or three of the questions asked from the extensions on paper 1. The guide states that there will always be one extension question asked.
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    IA Exemplar High
    Dear Dabalina yes, that is correct.
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    Paper 2 clarifications
    Dear Anastasia This is not a logical question, so it will not likely be asked. Personally, I am not preparing students for this. As you mention, cognitive factors are covered by clinical biases, so I also do not think that this will be asked...
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    HL Extension: Animal research
    Dear Sara That is exactly my strategy. Some of my "nervous nellies" are going to prepare two approaches at the ERQ level, but most will do only one. For most of my students it is cognitive, but I do have a few doing social and bio. The...
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    B. Introduction
    Dear Hana Technically, no. The rubric says that they must be operationalized "in the hypotheses." That being said, the IB samples have them stated separately. I am playing it safe and having them do both.
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    C. Exploration
    Dear Lukasz The recommendation is 20. As there is no clearly stated requirement, I cannot see how they could deduct marks from the assessment, but I cannot guarantee that.
  • 17 Jan John Crane
    Draganski (2004)
    In theory, yes. I have my students focus on the hippocampus though. If they do this study, they would have to be able to discuss the specific parts of the brain and their function.