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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Introduction to approaches

Starting the course with a brief focus on approaches provides students with a better understanding of what psychology actually is and allows links to be made to the concept of psychology as a science. The approaches will then be revisited later in the course when studying Approaches in Psychology (Paper 2 AS / Paper 2 […]

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Think like a scientist!

It is crucial that, early in the game, the students understand what is meant by ‘science’ and how this affects psychological research and theory. This is to avoid the students believing that the subject is anything to do with mind reading, etc. However, if you ask your average Year 12 student what science is, they […]

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