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Lesson 1  –  Intro to unit 3 – applied psychology….criminal and health psychology.  Please print this off for your Unit 3 folder  spec 3 summary

We thought about the famous criminals we knew of and what, if anything, they had in common. Our theme was ….what causes someone to become a criminal? Some factors are clearly social in origin and others may be more innate or biological. Which are the most likely explanations?

Lesson 2 – We tried to explain crime with reference to the 5 approaches, specifically how the theories we have already learnt about could be used to explain criminal behaviour.  Look at these power points intro to crime ppt  Turning to Crime pp

This is the article you need to read for your lesson with Joss on Tuesday (group A) or Wednesday (groups C and E)   criminal behaviour nature vs nurture article. Please bring it with you to her lesson.

Lesson 3   fran detailed OP   please look at this power point used in the lesson . There also so some articles and films and websites for you to look at as well -see below: 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/14/psychological-profile-behavioural-psychology   An article that suggests profiling is a complete waste of time

http://www.all-about-forensic-psychology.com/fbi-profiler.html  – learn more about profiling

http://davidcanter.com/professional-services/offender-profiles.html  David Canter’s website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ7ck8Q_RII&feature=related  Film about psychopaths – it you are easily offended please do not watch this

HW: This is the leaflet HW task  – read and then do it      Profiling task 2009

Lesson 4  We all had a go at profiling the Anthrax killer       fran’s profiling powerpoint for MOP       Anthrax profile 2012        A2_AQB_crim_whatIsProfiling[1]  Try to find out more about Bruce Iwin – do you think the FBI got it right?

Lesson 5 – Joss’ lesson  I started by introducing myself and giving you my email address Jocelyn.wells@sussexdowns.ac.uk  You also made a note of the subjects that you intend to study next academic year. I also pointed out that it is essential that you email either myself or Fran  DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS to make a 1:1 re-enrolment appointment if you do not achieve above a D at AS, as it is not recommended that you continue to progress onto the A2 course.

 I also gave you the details of the textbook that you will need to order in advance of the start of term. Edexcel A2 Psychology by Christine Brain ISBN-13: 978-0340966846   I recommend that you get this shortly after the publication of your AS results on Thursday 23rd August.  We then spent some time looking at the ‘Seeking the Criminal Element’ article by Wayt Gibbs that you were asked to print and read in advance of this lesson.  You had a go at analysing the article (a skill which you will need to do for the Evidence in Practice practical at A2).  You applied concepts theories and research for the AS course to help you explain ‘explanations for criminality’ within the article.  A new skill which you will be seeing a lot more of in A2.  You each then feedback your ideas to the rest of the class, using the ‘Nature vs Nurture’ washing line activity to help you to think about how behaviours can be interpreted, according to these key debates.


final MOP lesson — Monday 26th June  – I handed out a sheet about careers in psychology and the transferable skills you develop through studying psychology – this could help you with writing your personal statement. We also considered the questions you should be asking with regard to the A2 course – Questions you should be asking.

Summer home work task  – part of the gateway into Year 2    gang violence. Please read the article and answer the 18 mark question at the bottom of the page. min 500words max 1000 words. Due in at the re enrolment interview or at the first lesson with Fran in September.


WB 21st May

cube template -this is a blank dice template

Lesson 1 – All quiet on the Western front  – not many students around! – we used dice to help with revision. Here is one I did earlier Revsion cube unit 2

Helen did some revsion sheets  for the results/findings of each of the key studies

Results from key studies unit one and two

Please be aware I am going to funeral on Wednesday so I will not be teaching group E at 10.45 – please use the time to revise.

NB: There may be a strike called on Thursday and I am a member of one of the striking unions

Lesson 2  Group A did their mock  Unit 2 mock other groups were revising

Lesson 3  – Group E’s lesson was cancelled due to the strike. I hope you revised 🙂  Group C – made revision wheels or completed the mock or did some peer marking. Group A  – APRC’d and evaluated the unit 3 practicals – any of which could come up in the unit 2 exam.

Psychodynamic – Correlation -self-perceived parental strictness and self perceived tidiness – not significant  -spearmans’s rho. Likert scales – 8 statements – ppts had to agree or disagree – collated the data……demand characteristics, sociallly desirable answers                          

Biological – Independent measures natural experiment – spatial skills and gender – Mann Whitney U  – not significant. Our girls were rather good! LAckied ecological validity but very reliabe and valid as we used a standardised test

Learning  –  Observation male and female play – Chi square not significant because we didnt have enough data. The film we used was edited and so not a really valid representation of natural children’s play. We did an event sample – good- inter rater reliability. Carefully operationalised play categories.

No Key issues came up on the unit 1 resit -likely to come up on the unit 2 paper.  Make sure you know what they are!

WB May 14th

Lesson 1 – Exams have started and class sizes are beginning to diminish. We did a Domino of key terms to start, followed by quiet revison time. I asked you make key studies revision cards for each of the 3 units in Unit 2. Those of you re-sitting unit 1 will need to do the same for those key studies. Once you all have some revison cards bring them to lessons so we can play various games with them.

Lesson 2 – Creative revision – try this for word art posters for your room  http://www.wordle.net/ brain storm as many words related to a topic as you can then press ‘go’


create a massive spider diagram

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlabrWv25qQ&feature=related we learnt to mind map with Tony Buzan

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maps/index.shtml useful for making mind maps

Lesson 3  -poor group E had their Mock!!  Groups C and E were mindmapping 🙂

Sussex University are currently involved in some research into alcohol use amongst young people – I received this letter to pass on to you -please complete the form if you can – you can check out the use of ‘open’ and ‘closed’ questions, and rating scales etc

Hi,  I have been funded by the European Fund for Alcohol Research to conduct a study of people’s thoughts about drinking or not drinking. I am looking for as many 16-21 year olds as possible to complete a brief questionnaire hosted on a secure server.

 Everyone who completes the questionnaire can enter a draw to win one of four £25 prizes. The URL for the questionnaire is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/drink_or_not

At the end of the questionnaire you will be asked if you are interested in a follow-up interview, for which you would be paid £7. 

 More information can be obtained at here or by sending a message to rd48@sussex.ac.uk


Dr Richard de Visser

Dept of Psychology, University of Sussex

Lesson 3 – continued mapping and making revision cards


WB May 7th

Lesson 1  – May Day bank holiday – happily spent revising I hope 🙂

The Moving On Programme (progression from AS to A2) begins the week commencing  Monday 11th June  to Tuesday 26th June  (2 and a bit weeks). If you are intending to take psychology next year you need to attend these preparatory sessions. They will be on at the same time as your normal lesson times. 

Wednes 27th to Friday 29th June are activity days. It is hoped that you will select one activity for each of your A2 subjects. We are offering psychology in film. We have booked a large room in Hammond house with a screen and we will be showing  a different film each day. This will be a morning activity. You are welcome to come on one day, two days or three days depending on what your options are in your other subjects.

Lesson 2 – We looked at various explanations of gender development from the biological, Learning and psychodynamic approaches. See p 29-30 in your pack and p140-141 in your text book.

HW: Answer the 12 mark question on p20-21 in your learning pack – due Monday 14th May.

We looked at the mark scheme first! Remember read the injunction in the question. You are asked to describe the learning explanation of gender but not the psychodynamic explanation! You have to compare the learning explanation to the psychodynamic one – draw out similarities and differences. Grid to map out similarities and differences

Unit 2 mock exam due for group A – Tuesday 22nd May. Group C Friday 11th Group E Thursday 17th May

Lesson 3  – Group A and E looked at the ‘Key Issues’ from all 5 approaches, and we considered why they are key issues and  the kinds of contribution psychology can make to society – key issues       key issues booklet    Group C had their unit 2 mock 🙂

WB 30th April

Lesson 1  – ‘Observation’ as a way of gathering data – we looked at types of observation, overt, covert, controlled and naturalistic. We watched little Laura in the nursery using a time sampling technique and an event sampling technique. You had to consider the strengths and weaknesses of both. Fran observation pp

Bring your science packs to next lesson please

Lesson 2  – Today we ‘did’ our observation proper – we first decided what we considered boys toys to be, lile playing with cars. Then we decided that girl toys might be things like playing withdolls. We  created an observation categories check list and did an event sample of children playing in a nursery. We watched the video clip a number of times to improve inter-observer reliability. It was clear than making our observation objective was very difficult!

Lesson 3  – Writing up and evaluating the observation, calculating the chi square and working out why our results were not significant even though the bar chart looked like it should be!   The problem was the sample was just too small.  Why do boys and girls prefer different toys            written up version of the observation pack

HW: 8 mark key issue question –Describe and explain a key issue from the Learning approach – due next Thursday/Friday (see page 2 of the learning pack).

WB 23 April

Lesson 1 –  Timed Bandura exam question followed by SLT – we used a variety of text books  – remember ARRM. We learned about how the exam script is marked.

Top tip:  Use www.getrevising.co.uk  for creating revison timetables, sharing great revision notes and finding resources to make your own revison materials.

              HW: read/complete these for Monday 30th >>      SLTBasics     The Learning Approach learning types table    SLT spot the mistakes sheet   Treatments used in learning approach

We will be having a Unit 2 mock exam very soon – be aware 🙂

Lesson 2  – Applying learning theory. We looked at how learning theory can be used to help people overcome phobia – we watched some U tube clips of people being helped to overcome fear of dolls.,,,this can be done using hypnosos or systematic desensitisation – see your text book for more information. Can you explain how it works?

The Moving On Programme (progression from AS to A2) begins the week commencing  Monday 11th June  to Tuesday 26th June  (2 and a bit weeks). If you are intending to take psychology next year you need to attend these preparatory sessions. They will be on at the same time as your normal lesson times. 

Wednes 27th to Friday 29th June are activity days. It is hoped that you will select one activity for each of your A2 subjects. We are offering psychology in film. We have booked a large room in Hammond house with a screen and we will be showing  a different film each day. This will be a morning activity. You are welcome to come on one day, two days or three days depending on what your options are in your other subjects.

check this out   >>>> Dummies Guide to the Learning Approach  

ESSENTIAL for REVISION   Edexcel AS Psychology Selected material   and    Edexcel AS Psychology Questions and Answers

Look what I found on get revising  – Evaluations      Studies_In_Detail     Theories_in_Detail   all made by one of our students last year….and she got an A grade!  Don’t jump over this – open them up and have a look!!

Lesson 3 – EEEk all about Aversion Therapy and Token Economy Programmes, and checking that you really ‘get’ classical conditioning, and exam practice and testing each other using quizzes etc etc etc


Please read p140-141 in your text book by Monday – this is the learning approach explanation of gender.

essay planner http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/essaymap/

WB 16th April

Lesson 1  – Welcome back 🙂  Hope you are rested, revision is now ongoing, revision time tables planned and you are ready to kick some psychology butt!!! Today was about checking the Easter HW task was completed. We checked through the Learning packs up to p 18, this helped you fill in any gaps and recapped where we got to last term which was learning via classical and operant conditioning classical & operant gap fill answers

Lesson 2  – We considered how people become aggressive. Is it innate or learnt? If agression is innate what evidence can we bring forward? (Raine). If it is learnt – how is it learnt?  Bandura (1961) put forward Social Learning Theory as a possible explanation. We examined his lab experiment in today’s lesson bandura

Lesson 3 – we completed the Bandura study and evaluated it. You then completed p20-23 in your learning packs to consolidate what you’d learned over the last few lessons.

HW: Complete  the Bandura gap fill on p 24.       download this SLTBasics    read this Original Bandura

Revise Revise  Revise  Unit 2 mock is coming up – get ready 🙂

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