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
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!
Some examples for your use In a previous post I blogged about a different approach to the first introductory lesson of the course with AS Psychology students. The activity, Find the Fake, involves circulating round a number of summaries of pieces of research displayed on the walls in small groups. The students have to find… Read More Update: Find the fake intro lesson examples
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
ATP Today reviews apps for Psychology learning and teaching This post was inspired by an article in ATP Today (the Association of Teacher’s of Psychology members magazine; February 2013), written by Emma Weaver, which covered a top ten of iPad apps for the A Level Psychology classroom. The (free) app that caught my eye particularly was Voicethread,… Read More An iPad app for A Level Psychology
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.
Analysing research in written form It is always useful to have examples of what effective AO2 might look like for Unit 3 (Topics in Psychology). I find it useful to get students thinking critically and consciously about their writing. Many students will often be able to analyse verbally to a high level but struggle to… Read More AO2 for Unit 3: Some examples