The development of attachment

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Schaffer and Emerson’s research into attachment enabled them to construct an explanation of how attachment develops. Starter: In explaining the behaviour seen at each stage of attachment a number of key terms are used which students need to be aware of.  Before beginning the main activity students need to familiarise themselves with the following vocabulary and […]

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Caregiver-infant interactions

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These activities concentrate on knowledge and understanding of research into caregiver-infant interactions. Starter: Non-verbal communication skills. Students sit in pairs facing each other. Seating is important here: one student (student A) needs to be sitting with their back to the whiteboard while the other (student B) sits opposite them so they are able to see […]

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The Hive Mind Project

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Earlier this term, Mike Griffin shared details of the London Brain Project in his blog , which has some excellent ideas for teaching biological and cognitive approaches. But how about getting your students to actually have first-hand experience of having their brains studied? The Hive Mind Project, headed up by Rita Carter, a science writer, lecturer and […]

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The experimental method

In my experience the most effective way of helping students understand the experimental method is through carrying out an experiment with the class. The Teacher’s Companion (handouts 137 and 138) contains resources to conduct a class memory experiment or you could run a simple stroop test as explained below. The following activities could be used […]

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‘Learning mats’ for the approaches

The concept of ‘learning mats’ appears to be popular at the moment – I see lots of examples of these at various training/INSET sessions. If you are unfamiliar with ‘learning mats’, they are essentially laminated posters that sit on students’ desks that provide them with prompts to help them with their work (call them ‘learning […]

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