Good Practice – Carrying out a lab

Here is an idea I got from a colleague of mine recently for a novel way of getting your students to plan a lab investigation. It is a model that could be rolled back and used in a variety of labs and it is very straightforward to do. Essentially, you give the students a task (for example, testing for halides) and then give the students a framework in which they can plan their own personal investigation. For example, you give them ...

Moderators’ advice for your IA

Subject Reports The IB Diploma Psychology subject reports were published recently. They are where examiners and IB Diploma moderators give feedback on the quality of the May 2104 exams and the IAs.  This month we will take a look at what the moderators said about the IAs, both HL and SL.  Those of you taking your exams in May 2015 have probably now started your IA experimental study, and those of you taking your exams in November 2015 or May 2016 ...

Decisions, decisions…what to do for your IA?

By Friday, August 1, 2014 , 0

The internally-assessed experiment (IA) that you conduct in Psychology is worth 20% of your marks if you are an HL student and a whopping 25%  if you are an SL student, so it is worth getting it right.  Here are some thoughts to help you along the way. Choose the right study.  Attached is a list of studies that are all suitable for replication, with a link to the original study in each case.  The originals are sometimes hard to read, but you ...

How to help your students with their Psychology IA

The Psychology IA is probably uppermost in your mind if you are a teacher of Y2 students, and not as far in the future as you thought/hoped if you are a teacher of Y1 students.  It is worth 25% of the grade for the SL students and 20% for the HL, so if you can help your students to find their way through this, it will be a weight off everyone's mind.  One of the main things to remember to ...

Internally-assessed simple experiment

In IB Diploma Psychology jargon this is the "IA" and the report of this experiment is worth 25% of your grade if you are an SL student and 20% if you are studying Psychology at HL. So it is worth doing well!   The main rule, whether you are conducting your IA at the SL or HL, is Keep It Simple.  Here is feedback from the May 2013 exam report regarding the IA. FEEDBACK FROM EXAMINERS HL - Favourite experiments were, as usual, levels ...