Are all the AQA Psychology options equal?

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Although most schools have settled on the options they are teaching in AQA Psychology, many have had to make difficult choices; comparison of the available options seems to be a constant topic of conversation between teachers. While writing multiple choice questions for The Complete Companions for AQA Kerboodle , I noticed a few less obvious differences between the topics and hope […]

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

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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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The experimental method

In my experience the most effective way of helping students understand the experimental method is through carrying out an experiment with the class. The Teacher’s Companion (handouts 137 and 138) contains resources to conduct a class memory experiment or you could run a simple Stroop test as explained below. The following activities could be used […]

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