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IB Psychology Course Companion (Oxford)

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 (International Baccalaureate)

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)

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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Asking questions

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

Changes to the EE

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

Interpreting IA comments: Discussion

11 August 2016

This is the final of four blog postings on the meaning of IA comments. These comments focus on the "discussion" section of the report. more

Subscriber comments

  • 24 Sep Katarzyna Płachta
    Physiological aspects of stress
    John, 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 resources
    Thanks 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 behaviour
    Dear 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 psychology
    Hi 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 identity
    Dabalina 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 discussion
    Chelsea, 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 Assessment
    Lauren, 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 identity
    can 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 discussion
    John, What is the suggested word count for the discussion?
  • 22 Sep Lauren Kubis
    Ideas for Internal Assessment
    For 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 resources
    Dear 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 Assessment
    Dear 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...