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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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Writing research summaries is an important building block for exams and for the Extended essay in psychology. The following activity / assessment is a way to both introduce students to a range of research topics in psychology and to practice this skill. When students summarize a study, they should include the aim, procedure, results and findings of a study. If possible, they should...
An excellent resource which really supports my teaching. I particular have used the Paper 3 stimulus material - they have been a great resource especially the model answers.
Gracias por toda la informacón provista.
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
24 Sep Katarzyna Płachta
Physiological aspects of stressJohn, you mention that, since "and" is used as a coordinating conjuction in the learning objective " discuss physiological, psychological and social aspects of stress," on the exam only one of the aspects may be asked. Is that strictly related...
24 Sep Sara Dean
New curriculum resourcesThanks John, I understand all of these suggestions and encourage this type of thinking, however I am finding it hard to teach. Maybe I don't have enough student work that demonstrates this yet, to use and break down for them. I only have 2...
23 Sep Paul Sully
The brain and behaviourDear John, In the May 2017 Paper 1 Q on bio L of A ... 2 effects of the environment on physiological responses ... some of my students wrote about mirror neurons but they were marked as "IR" for irrelevant. Is this correct? In your Oxford companion...
23 Sep Maria Fotinopoulou
6. Abnormal psychologyHi John! just a quick question on new syllabus for abnormal psych option. Am i right in that the new syllabus for this option has less content? Students only need to learn etiologies for one disorder? and treatment for one? Thank you!!
23 Sep John Crane
Culture and identityDabalina It is not really a study of power distance. Students always need to identify the aim of the study, and it would not be correct to say that that was the focus of this study. IN addition, SCLT takes place in all cultures, regardless...
23 Sep John Crane
Writing the discussionChelsea, There is no suggested word count for the different sections. Some procedures are longer, some designs more complex, so the discussion is what is really left after all the other sections are written. Take a look at the samples that...
23 Sep John Crane
Ideas for Internal AssessmentLauren, this is why I personally do not use the OCC. Many of the examples that are provided are doctored old papers, rather than examples made for the new curriculum. I would advise staying with only two levels of the IV in order to keep...
23 Sep Dabalina Chatterjee
Culture and identitycan the study Odden & Rochat (2004) be used for power distance index- as one of the cultural dimensions? this study is aimed at validating Social cognitive learning theory or how we adapt to culture by observational learning.
22 Sep Chelsea Oggero
Writing the discussionJohn, What is the suggested word count for the discussion?
22 Sep Lauren Kubis
Ideas for Internal AssessmentFor 2018 (current). I'm confused as the example I'm reviewing on the OCC is years old and has 5 levels (the moderator does not comment on the inappropriate use)...
22 Sep John Crane
New curriculum resourcesDear Sara, This is difficult to know as I am not sure what you are doing with your kids. First I would look at your component scores and see where they are getting lower marks. Is it on Paper 3? IA? or on one of the two content papers? Usually...
22 Sep John Crane
Ideas for Internal AssessmentDear Lauren, Was this for the current curriculum or the "new curriculum"? In the current curriculum they are supposed to have only two levels of the IV. For the new curriculum, they may use more than just two levels, but they have to apply...