This is one of my pet peeves – and something I have written about in various books. People get focus on ‘technical terms’ and fail to grasp the real meaning. Here is an example I just received in an email from a teacher: I am wrestling with task validity. It’s regarding a question evaluating the […]
The new AQA specification includes parametric tests, therefore students no longer can justify a choice of test by saying it is ‘better than ordinal’ (which was possible when there were only nonparametric tests. A look at past AQA B mark schemes gives a clue about how this should be done: AQA B paper (June 2015 […]
The topics this time are social learning, peer review, the sign test, measures of central tendency and dispersion and ethics. The video lists the things you may be asked to calculate in the AQA exam. Regarding standard deviation (SD) I recently had the following communication from AQA: Technically students could be required to calculate SD in […]
One of the popular explanations put forward for the basis of autism is a lack of theory of mind. A recent study (Peterson et al., 2015) suggests that people with autism may actually be quite ‘normal’ in terms of understanding the emotions of other people because they show quite reasonable abilities to understand body language. […]
A great new series for A level psychology students, this is a VLOG from teachers at Graveney School, talking through the difficulties their AS Psychology students have had this week.
The AQA AS specification requires students to know the stages of attachment as outlined by Rudolf Schaffer. There is some confusion about this because the various textbooks provide different versions. Background: The reason for the different versions is that Schaffer didn’t really provide a set of stages, in his book (1996) he outlined what Bowlby […]
The new specifications (beginning September 2015) emphasise the importance of Maths skills in all science subjects. In fact the content is only slightly different from what is currently there but it appears to be creating anxiety. A piece on the BBC website discusses maths anxiety, a well-studied phenomenon. One thought is that increased levels of emotion […]