A focus group on the use of ecstasy

IB Psychology: A focus group on the use of ecstasy

The following is a sample Paper 3 that looks at focus groups. Below you will first find the stimulus piece, followed by the static questions. A copy of the mock paper is included to give students as an in-class assessment.The mark scheme below is created by me and is not an official IB document.Potential answers are included in the hidden boxes below. Student copy Mock markschemeThis study examined ecstasy use in 30...

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Comments 7

Lakshmi Priya Vivek 26 February 2018 - 02:03

Hi John
3) Discuss how the researcher in the study could avoid bias.
3) Discuss how a researcher could ensure that the results of the study are credible.
For generalization you have given some possible points in the sample paper 3, as that was the question in the sample paper.
Can you suggest something like that for bias and credibility?

John Crane 26 February 2018 - 07:48

Dear Lakshmi,

I hope to have more Paper 3s up soon, but my focus right now is the core since most teachers are focusing on that in the first year of the curriculum. You can see thinkib.net for credibility. For bias, they should consider reflexivity, double blind testing, researcher triangulation and having others read their data and interpretations to establish credibility.

Lakshmi Priya Vivek 26 February 2018 - 10:13

Thanks John

Xiaolo Wang 7 May 2018 - 01:59

Hi,John, I am thinking about the sampling method in this study. Can I identify it as purposive sampling since the specific experience- ecstasy use is required this this study? Thanks

John Crane 8 May 2018 - 06:45

Dear Xiaolo

It is both purposive and self-selected. The fact that it was advertised using flyers, but requires a specific trait, makes it both. Students could write about either facet on the exam - or both.

Alison Daniels 8 June 2018 - 09:18

Hi John
Thanks for this resource. Do we have any idea about grade boundaries for Paper 3 with the new mark allocation?
Many thanks

John Crane 9 June 2018 - 05:10

Dear Alison

We don't. The markbands are not set until after the first set of exams. It will all depend on student performance. I currently use scaled markbands. thinkib.net

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