Writing the discussion

IB Psychology: Writing the discussion

For most students, the discussion is the most difficult part of the paper to write. It is difficult because it asks them to apply evaluative strategies to their own work. In addition, it is less formulaic than some of the other sections of the IA. There is no "right answer" to this section.I usually spend about 30 minutes going over the expectations in the rubric and showing them samples. Then I give them the rest of...

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Comments 5

Chelsea Oggero 22 September 2017 - 19:53

What is the suggested word count for the discussion?

John Crane 23 September 2017 - 05:54


There is no suggested word count for the different sections. Some procedures are longer, some designs more complex, so the discussion is what is really left after all the other sections are written. Take a look at the samples that are in this section and they should give you a general sense of the length of the discussion.

Chelsea Oggero 25 September 2017 - 12:08

Thank you for your response on this topic.

Stacey Locascio 8 February 2018 - 14:14

I see in some of the examples that the researcher has written the discussion (if not other parts) in the first person. Shouldn't papers of this kind be written in third person, passive voice?

John Crane 10 February 2018 - 09:08

Dear Stacey

There are no guidelines for this; it is very cultural. You can make your own demands on students for the format that you think is the most appropriate.

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