November 25, 2013 by Rob Bircher.
AQA’s examiner reports are available for the January 2013 papers (together with the papers themselves) at:
The reports offer the usual excellent exam skills advice for students, and there is an especially useful section at the start of the Unit 2 report about command terms, answering the question asked and where and where not to write on the exam paper.
Another useful comment (this time from PSYA1, Q4):
’It was evident that students usually scored better marks where they outlined one or two research studies accurately and in reasonable detail, rather than when they outlined several studies less accurately’.
November 1, 2013 by ClaireB.
We’re excited to reveal the cover for Psychology AS: The Revision Companion for AQA A, featuring Maisie, the winner of our Cover Cat Competition. Publishing in early 2014 in response to teacher feedback, Cara Flanagan and Mike Cardwell’s newest title contains expert guidance on interpreting and answering exam questions alongside write-in activities for both independent and classroom-based learning. The book’s unique combination of differentiated information and exam skill practice will help students understand how to achieve their full potential.
To see it for yourself, please email Fiona McCollum (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an inspection copy. The book is also available for pre-order on Amazon now.
October 11, 2013 by Rob Bircher.
Many thanks to vick_the_chick for a comment about our diagram of the multi-store model on p. 24 of the AS Complete Companion. Cara and Mike have clarified the status of rehearsal. You can see their changes in these two pdfs: one for page 24 and one for page 26.
MSM clarification p24
MSM clarification p26
September 27, 2013 by ClaireB.
Announcing the proud winner of our cover cat competition . . . Maisie!
After careful deliberation, Cara and Mike have chosen the outright winner of our competition.
Maisie lives with Laura Gratton, of Barnsley Sixth Form College. She’s a one-year-old Bengal cat whose favourite game is “fetch the straw”. We love her distinctive markings and her wide-eyed, inquisitive look – the look of a cat ready to get stuck in to psychology revision!
Maisie will receive star treatment as she is photographed for the cover of Psychology AS: The Revision Companion, publishing early next term. Read more about its unique combination of essential information and exam skills practice here.
We’re very excited to announce that, after careful deliberation, Cara and Mike have chosen the cat that will appear on the front cover of the latest title in the Complete Companions for AQA A series, Psychology AS: The Revision Companion. The response to our competition was fantastic, and even choosing the shortlist was a big challenge.
So, a big thank you to all the cats who allowed their owners to photograph them and put them forward for the competition. We’ve loved seeing them all! Before we reveal the winner, it only feels right to devote a blog post to the very worthy runners up.
In no particular order, here’s a selection of the cats who’ve been brightening up the walls at OUP HQ:
Binky Bouquet, owned by Kim Higgins of Wyke College
Tango, owned by Jo Haycock of Newport High School
Monty, owned by Sophia Afsar of Berkhamsted School
Houdini, owned by Sarah Jane Paterson of The Boswells School
Hector, owned by Ellie Barnard of The John Henry Newman Catholic School
Whitey, owned by Rosie Ball of Ashford School
September 17, 2013 by Rob Bircher.
Image by Au Kirk, Flickr
Research reported by the British Sociological Association shows that people suffering higher than average workplace stress were more likely to leave their permanent jobs to take up temporary work than their less-stressed colleagues. This will not surprise AS students, who would rightly want to know whether the researchers took workload and control into account in their study.
More interestingly, the study (using data collected from 69,000 British people from 1991-2009) also found that the move from permanent to temporary work (or casual or seasonal work) did not tend to reduce these people’s feelings of anxiety and distress.
In fact, those who switched from permanent to temporary employment were 76% more likely to be suffering from increased levels of anxiety a year after their move than people who had stayed in permanent work.
Schaubroeck’s (2001) study showed that some people found low levels of control (characteristic of temporary, seasonal and casual work) were less stressful than the responsibility often associated with high levels of control. Perhaps this study shows the other side of the coin: for the majority of ‘downsizers’, swapping a permanent job for a temporary one does nothing to reduce feelings of distress, putting people in a situation where they have even less control plus greatly reduced job security?
August 23, 2013 by Rob Bircher.
Provisional results from this summer’s exams shows A Level Psychology holding its ground very well, with 96,908 students taking AS and 56,088 taking A2. While there were 187 fewer candidates at AS this year than last, this compares very favourably with the drop of 4,842 (4%) taking AS English. Psychology remains the fourth most popular A Level subject at both AS and A2, with any possible challenge from History or Chemistry some way behind.
A Levels overall saw a slight decline in the number of papers awarded A/A* (26.3% compared to 26.6% in 2012), and Psychology joined this trend with 21% of students getting A/A* compared to 21.7% last year at A2.
Well done and congratulations to all Psychology students for all your hard work and commitment, and good luck in whatever you decide to do next. And well done to all Psychology teachers, too!
August 9, 2013 by ClaireB.
A quick reminder that we’re still accepting entries for our cover cat competition, so keep them coming in! The closing date is 20 September 2013. For all the details on how to nominate your cat, please visit www.oxfordsecondary.co.uk/covercat.
If your cat wins, he or she will star on the cover of the newest Complete Companion, Psychology AS: The Revision Companion. This new write-in resource will combine the essential information students need to know with unrivalled exam skills support, in one unique companion. Find out more here. To reserve your inspection copy now, please email email@example.com.
July 23, 2013 by Cara Flanagan.
I asked AQA about this and received the following reply from AQA:
Both A2 Principal Examiners have agreed that as DSM5 has only just been released, students will be credited if they do use it effectively but examining will reflect both versions of the manual. At least for this teaching year, examiners in summer 2014 will be made aware that coverage of questions using DSM4 can receive marks across the scale.
July 17, 2013 by Cara Flanagan.
On page 35 of the AS Complete Companion the text concerns the influence of age on the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. A study by Yarmey is discussed under the heading ‘Age differences in accuracy’. The second sentence says that there were no significant differences in the accuracy of recall – but this is wrong. The final sentence should read:
Young (18-29) and middle- aged (30-44) adults were more confident in their recall than the older (45-65) adults. There were also significant differences in the accuracy of recall - the oldest group were inferior to the other two groups in terms of accuracy of recall.
This also affects the summary on page 41 which should now say ‘Younger Ps more confident and also more accurate in recall than older adults (Yarmey).’
AS Mini-Companion on page 19, should now say ‘Yarmey found that older adults (age 45-65) were less confident in recall of a confederate and also less accurate than younger adults.’
AS Exam Companion on page 31, should now say in Romeo’s answer to question 6 ‘…I would tell them that older witnesses tend to lack confidence in the accuracy of their recall compared to younger witnesses and are also less accurate (Yarmey, 1993).’