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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 process. When students ask good questions, they demonstrate... 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 essays to be marked under the new standards will be submitted... 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. The discussion section is very similar for the HL and SL - with... more
Interpreting IA comments: Results 4 August 2016
This is the third of four blog postings on the meaning of IA comments. These comments focus on the "results" section of the report. Remember that there are two different approaches to the results section... more
Interpreting IA comments: Methodology 28 July 2016
This is the second of four blog postings on the meaning of IA comments. These comments focus on the "methodology" section of the report. This includes three distinct sections:B. Design more
Interpreting IA comments: Intros 21 July 2016
Now that all the grades are out and you have received your component scores, the typical question is "why was I moderated down on my IA's?" There are several possible reasons for this:1. The most basic... more
Infographics 11 February 2016
Helping our students to organize the information for two years of psychology is a real challenge. Whether students take their notes in notebooks or on laptops - whether you give them your notes or they... more
Choosing studies 24 January 2016
One of the banes of the IB Psychology course is the number of studies that students are expected to learn. For a long time I have been telling workshop participants to look for two-fers - that is, studies... more
The Hawthorne Effect 22 November 2015
One of the evaluation strategies used by students on the exam is the "Hawthorne Effect." This is often used as a synonym for demand characteristics. I think that this needs a bit of clarification. more