What can we learn from the AQA A Level Psychology 2019 Examiner’s Reports?

The examiners were pleased that students had been well prepared for the specification, and had gained considerable knowledge. There were some concerns about the accuracy of material students are coming across online, and it’s important that we should guide them towards more reliable sources, and teach them to be critical and check facts. There were […]

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Publishing the whole Kit and Kerboodle (or three things I’ve realised about digital resources)

Complete Companions cat

Over the last two-and-a-half years, I have been the lead editor for Oxford’s The Complete Companions for AQA Psychology Kerboodle . As we launch the remaining resources for the Year 2 options this month, I thought now would be a fitting time to share three particular things we’ve learned. Trialling with teachers is the way forward Back in the spring of 2014, […]

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Introducing mental disorders: phobias, depression and OCD

In this post I’m going to look at ideas for introducing mental disorders. The AQA specification states students need to know and understand behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and OCD before considering each of the named disorders from a specific perspective: behavioural approach (phobias explanation and treatment), cognitive approach (depression explanation and treatment) […]

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