I first blogged some questions based on the “Would you rather…?” game related to concepts in A Level Psychology a few years ago (click here to see these old posts). As it’s been a while, I thought I’d try and think of some more. These questions work well as a lesson starter and can be… Read More A Dozen Lesson Starters: Would you rather…?
Most evaluations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression in A Level Psychology (Psychopathology, AQA) are likely to include the strength that the therapy is considered to have no side effects. Students who are attempting to develop their arguments are likely to contrast the risk-free nature of CBT with the greater risk of negative side… Read More CBT for Depression: Risk free?
Yesterday’s BBC news (25th Jan 2018) included a story which was littered with hooks for students to hang their knowledge of the ways of measuring crime. Students are required to know about official statistics, victim surveys and offender surveys and need to be able to evaluate these ways of measuring trends in the type and… Read More Forensic Psychology: Measuring Crime
I’m always interested in why some concepts, that seem straight forward to teachers, can consistently baffle students. The conventions of writing up a scientific investigation fits in this category of needlessly tricky areas. This post contains some ideas to promote understanding and improve retention of these concepts. The exact wording in this section of the… Read More Reporting Psychological Investigations
Cognition and development is (and has always been) one of my favourite areas of the A Level Spec. In this post I will share with you how I used pictures to teach, revise and assess learning of the theories of Piaget and Vygotsky. Using pictures to prompt recall and check understanding: I was recently teaching… Read More Piaget and Vygotsky in Pictures
Reductionism can feel like a really hard concept to teach well. Initially students seem to grasp the idea that some approaches are limited by the focus of the explanation of human behaviour. The term reductionism then becomes a popular stick with which to beat the numerous theories and explanations in A Level Psychology. It is,… Read More Reductionism: Levels of Explanation
About 10 years ago, Chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver led a successful campaign to improve the quality and nutritional value of school dinners. The TV series aired in 2005 (“Jamie’s School Dinners”) played a significant part in changes being made to the policies surrounding the content of school lunches across the country. This campaign… Read More Minority Influence and Social Change: Jamie Oliver’s Latest Campaign