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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.

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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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