Forming the research question

IB Psychology: Forming the research question

Writing an EE is an academic exercise where students get the chance to show that they can be “a researcher”. Of course, it is expected that they will write at a level which is appropriate for their level of education. The purpose of the EE is to demonstrate that they can come up with a focused research question, investigate it using appropriate resources and then present the results of the investigation in the proper...


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Jill Goodreau 15 November 2017 - 14:31

Hi John, A student would like to research the extent to which animals are an effective model to study human behaviour. Is this appropriate or would it be considered double dipping since it's part of the curriculum? If it is double dipping is there a similar avenue/question this student could do? Thanking you in advance!

John Crane 15 November 2017 - 16:39

Dear Jill, the question is much too broad. They could do it for a specific behaviour - e.g. aggression.

Angela Chamosfakidis 28 November 2017 - 08:59

John hi again,
Just wanted to ask what you think of the following RQ:
To what extent does stress influence responsiveness to treatment for people diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder.
Thanks so much :)

John Crane 29 November 2017 - 19:55

Dear Angela, it is not really clear to me. Stress in general? Why would APD have more stress than the average patient? I think it needs a bit more clarity. Does the student have some study that they found that is leading him/ her in this direction?

Angela Chamosfakidis 30 November 2017 - 17:38

John hi,
Thank you for the feedback - I can see how more clarity is needed. She has come up with research evidence which suggests that among men with APD, a substantial subgroup present life-long anxiety disorders – Some findings suggest that this pattern of comorbidity may be signalling the need for specific treatments.
Maybe rephrase the RQ to more clearly reflect this?


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