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The following lesson plan focuses on prejudice and discrimination. The concepts of "prejudice and discrimination" may not be asked separately on the exam, so this lesson plan will focus on prejudice, knowing that the discrimination is often a behaviour that results from such attitudes.In order to support this lesson, students should read Prejudice. Several of the studies below are outlined...
The following lesson plan focuses on cooperation and competition. Remember that on the exam a question for this learning outcome will not separate the terms cooperation and competition. Therefore, this lesson focuses on cooperation, noting that competition will be the opposite behaviour.A good part of this lesson is to encourage students to think about how to apply the research on cooperation in order...
Below you will find three sample SAQs for the question: Explain one study of enculturation.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 rubricSAQ 1The sociocultural approach argues that we all have an innate need to below. They also argue that our behaviour is...
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...
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....
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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23 Feb Isabel McGann
Health beliefs about sun-bathingHi John, under the new syllabus it doesn't state structured interviews need to be learned. It only specifies unstructured, semi and focus. Would this stimulus then still apply?
23 Feb Isabel McGann
LP 3: Introducing experimentsDear John, what exactly is the difference between a lab experiment and a true experiment? If a lab experiment doesn't involve the random allocation of participants into groups arguably does it not then become a quasi? So according to IB what...
23 Feb Zorica Zarkovic
Practicing Paper 3Thank you, John. I get it now and I'll use the new one just in case, even though I agree that I could give them something they may have seen.
23 Feb John Crane
Practicing Paper 3Dear Zorica I am not sure exactly what you are asking. If you go into the student access part of the site (see menu above for directions), then you should be able to see everything that you have "checked." If you have checked it, then they...
23 Feb Dawn Clare
HLPO 2.4 Sociocultural and obesityThank you for this. I am still getting my mind around the new spec and changes and being able to ask you these questions helps me to feel more certain..
22 Feb Zorica Zarkovic
Practicing Paper 3Dear John, I'm quite sure I used to know how to browse Inthinking from the perspective of my own students but I can't seem to find the information on how to do it. I need a mock paper 3 that they have not seen yet, and I have mistakenly...
22 Feb Carla Rodriguez
Overview of report formatThank you, John. I assumed as much, but the new curriculum changes (and everyone's comments on it) has been quite confusing!
22 Feb Laura Anderson-Rice
Writing samples: HealthThanks John. I thought as much but the tutor2u guide has a section on methods and ethics for prevalence which made me panic. Your lesson is quite logical so I can see how the essay would be structured. Have a good day.
22 Feb John Crane
LP 7: Cultural factors on memoryMontse, Thanks for the heads up. Fixed.
22 Feb John Crane
Writing samples: HealthDear Laura There is no sample yet. I do not plan on having samples for all essays done by May. I am focusing on the lesson plans (five more to go) and the revision materials. As for your question about methods and ethics - no. Remember,...
22 Feb Laura Anderson-Rice
Writing samples: HealthCan students also be asked methods and ethics questions in relation to prevalence?
22 Feb Tripti Rathore
EE introductionsThanks a lot