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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 12 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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The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.
Stanley Milgram (1933 - 1984)
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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Essential understandings (HL only) There are both local and global cultural influences on our identity, attitudes and behaviour. Cultures are dynamic and change as they interact with other cultures. Globalization has both positive and negative effects on behaviour. Globalization is difficult to operationalize, so it is difficult to study. Globalization - that is, the process of...
The InThinking IB Psychology website was extremely helpful during my first two years teaching IB Psychology. I have been able to easily gain access and insight into the IB curriculum.
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.
Thursday 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
Friday 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
29 Apr Alison van Staden
Designing the course (2017)Hello John When you say the exam setters may only set one question from each component of the options do you mean a component as 'Factors influencing diagnosis'; Etiology of abnormal psychology' and 'Treatment of disorders'. So one question...
29 Apr John Crane
Writing samples for CLOADear Rona - thankfully, no. Actually, the recent wording has been clarified to be "one" - rather than the plural. The plural here actually is a more general plural rather than requiring two. So, students may focus only on memory. If they...
29 Apr John Crane
IA menuAgreed. In the new curriculum, there will not be this requirement, but instead, the most appropriate statistics must be used. This will get over this rather formulaic and not always practical approach to statistical analysis. But for this...
28 Apr Rona Sutherland
Writing samples for CLOAHi John, for the use of technology in investigating cognitive processes, I understand that (at least) two different types of technology would be required e.g. MRI and fMRI. Given that "cognitive processes" is plural, do we need to also have...
28 Apr Laurie Williamson
IA menuThank you...so does this mean that SD is okay too? Really appreciate your help, it's just that SD doesn't seem very meaningful but they have to have a measure of dispersion.
28 Apr John Crane
Factors influencing obesityDear Nikki - I think that those studies would be fine for biological explanations of obesity. There is not a problem that they are too new; this allows students to discuss the issues of research that is new and has not had a lot of replication.
Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome Benoit Chassaing, Omry Koren, Julia K. Goodrich, Angela C. Poole, Shanthi Srinivasan, Ruth E. Ley & Andrew T. Gewirtz
Also, there are studies using rats that link emulsifiers in food to obesity.
John, Can we look at studies that link C-sections, and obesity, inclusive of our micro-biomes and gut health or is the data still too new? Also, a look at antibiotics during prenatal periods and early infancy? Thanks, Nikki
27 Apr Hana Majzoub
Choosing an EE topicThank you John for your advice!
27 Apr John Crane
IA menuYes, many students use the mean - as this was what was used in the original study. It is difficult to argue that this is not appropriate when this is what the original researchers actually did in their study.
27 Apr John Crane
Gender rolesDear Sara - that was very strange. I have relinked all of the videos. Not sure what happened there. Thanks for the heads up!