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  • 15 Dec Amanda Wehner
    SAQ marking: Cognitive biases
    Thank you very much for including example number 4. My students are frequently attempting to link bias in thinking and decision making to schema theory, and they never do it well.
  • 15 Dec John Crane
    Writing the Introduction
    PS. I will update this to add it so that it is a full points response.
  • 15 Dec John Crane
    Writing the Introduction
    Dear Jim, I would guess a 4 or a 5. When looking at the criteria, I would give the following: The aim of the investigation is stated and its relevance is explained. 4 marks. The theory or model upon which the student’s investigation is...
  • 15 Dec John Crane
    HM: Milner (1966)
    Perhaps, but I don't see them asking students to "evaluate localization." That would be a rather ridiculous question. The question will be about evaluating research or discussing localization. Yes, students could discuss neuroplasticity...
  • Dear Sarah No, I haven't. And I don't recommend it. I would give students the samples that are available and have them do something similar. With 2200 words (vs the old 2000 words when they had to write a full review of literature), students...
  • 15 Dec James Dorton
    Writing the Introduction
    John, In looking at the sample I do not see the relevance to the target population explicitly explained. I wish to ask if this would result in this section scoring a maximum of 4 on the rubric. Thanks, Jim
  • 14 Dec Sarah Asselborn
    Introduction to IA presentation
    John, For the last IA I came across a guide to give my students of how many words to have in each section. Have you come across anything like this for the IA under the new curriculum? Thank you.
  • 14 Dec Mary MacPherson
    HM: Milner (1966)
    Maybe reference to strict localization vs. weak and distributed processing would work?
  • 14 Dec John Crane
    LP 8: Data analysis
    Dear Sarah You will find advice for how to do the tests under the Writing the IA section.
  • 14 Dec John Crane
    Paper 1: SAQs
    I don't have one as our school assesses 1 - 7. But you could simply create one yourself, knowing that 7 - 9 would be a top mark and then a 3 would be equivalent to about a D and 2 and 1 are failing.
  • 13 Dec Sarah Asselborn
    LP 8: Data analysis
    Hi John, Is there a section of the new curriculum textbook that covers statistics? I have no clue when it comes to inferential statistics and need to address this with my students for the IA. I don't see it in the research section. Thank...
  • 13 Dec Dorotea Amador
    Paper 1: SAQs
    Does anyone know of a scale for converting scores from the 9 point IB rubric for SAQ to a A-F grading scale?