The unseen passage: Paper 3

IB Psychology: The unseen passage: Paper 3

Paper 3, much like the "unseen passage" in English, is a bit of a surprise every year. You will get a piece of research that you have never seen before - and then you are asked to answer a series of questions about the research.The focus of the paper is research methodology - both quantitative and qualitative. The stimulus piece that you will receive on exam day will be followed by a series of questions to test your...


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Victoria Domone 19 January 2018 - 11:04

John, this is very useful to see how Paper 3 can be set and marked - Thank you. Please could you advise whether the stimulus material can include a study which employs quantitative methods? It is my understanding that this is possible? For example could there be a field experiment study which is described which used convenience sampling. Then in q1, students could perhaps refer to a lab experiment as an 'additional research method'. Then for the final question if for example the 'generalisation' question was selected, then students would talk more about external validity in the context of quantitative research? The stimulus exam paper for paper 3 also outlines a qualitative study. I wonder if it would be possible to see what a 'quantitative version' would look like? Are there any resources on this? Many thanks.

John Crane 19 January 2018 - 15:42

Dear Victoria,

Yes, the new exam structure may have a quantitative study. Your suggestions as to how to approach it are totally appropriate. I hope to have more samples up soon - including a quantitative sample.


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