Minority Influence and Social Change: Jamie Oliver’s Latest Campaign

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

Can’t believe I’ve only just discovered Quick on the Draw!

A classic Teacher’s Toolkit activity Quick on the draw is from, the now classic, (The) Teacher’s Toolkit (written by Paul Ginnis; Crown House Publishing, 2002).  It is basically an activity where students are given questions, one at a time, to answer from a piece of text. Once they have answered the first question they must… Read More Can’t believe I’ve only just discovered Quick on the Draw!

AS Psychology and EWT: Child witnesses influenced by gestures as well as wording

Factors affecting EWT: Age of witness AQA specification A requires students studying AS Psychology Unit 1 to learn about research into “factors affecting the accuracy of Eye Witness Testimony”, including the age of the witness. This week I came across some research suggesting that it is not just the fragility of a developing memory or the… Read More AS Psychology and EWT: Child witnesses influenced by gestures as well as wording

Publishing replications and null findings. A hot topic for a stretching and challenging debate.

Publication bias and the distortion of psychology literature Professor Keith Laws (University of Hertfordshire), amongst other scientists and science writers, argues that continuing the trend of failing to publish replications and null findings in journals means that the truth of psychology literature is inevitably distorted. In his paper, entitled “Negativland – a home for all findings in… Read More Publishing replications and null findings. A hot topic for a stretching and challenging debate.