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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 🙂

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