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  • 1. A Level Psychology (Edexcel) 2009 Scheme of Work Induction and Welcome Duration: 12- 14 x 35 minute sessions Programme aims: • To welcome the students, help them to bond and understand the importance of working together as a group • To describe the AS course structure and content and ensure that students understand how and when they will be assessed • To explore a range of definitions of psychology and the scope of this vast discipline • To set modern psychology in its historical context and explore the questions that psychologists are asking today • To introduce the five approaches recognised in the AS specification: social, cognitive, biological, behaviourist/learning, psychodynamic and introduce the humanist approach • To help students to identify themselves as AS Psychology students and know what this means Students will be able to: • name each member of the class and learn something new about their friends • identify theories from studies and recognise aspects of each topic • create a diagram to explain the course structure • define psychology and describe issues arising from differing definitions • research the history of psychology focusing on one psychologist; create a timeline to summarise class findings • participate in an activity which demonstrates differing perspectives • explain why psychology is not ‘just common sense’ including the process of scientific discovery and the use and misuse of quantitative findings • use the library and internet to independently research a key issue in psychology and create a poster presentation about the issue • explore ethical issues in psychological research and create a code of conduct relating to ethical guidelines for research • reflect on the skills and qualities they will need to develop as AS psychology students Building on previous experience: • Most pupils are transitioning from PGS Year 11 and will therefore know each other however every year growing numbers of pupils enter sixth form from other schools and more recently from abroad, thus prior friendships cannot be assumed. • Students are likely to have obtained at least B grade GCSEs in English, Maths and the Sciences. • No students will have studied psychology before but many will have attended psychology taster sessions and open afternoon sessions etc. • Students were given a summer reading list and are expected to have accessed at least one book and one journal. Learning for life - The development of skills and qualities
  • 2. A Level Psychology (Edexcel) 2009 Pupils will improve their exam technique when they... • explore the terminology of the specification in detail • complete an activity focusing on commend terms Pupils will improve their organisational skills when they... • set up their folders with dividers for each section • create their specification overview diagram • Learn about the use of brain frames (see course guide) Pupils will develop their independence and self management skills when they... • Research a key issue in psychology • Complete a book or article review Pupils will demonstrate the following IB learner profile qualities when they... • Balanced: consider Jake’s actions from differing perspectives • Caring: create an ethical code of conduct which protects participants • Communicators: present findings of their independent research on one key issue • Inquirers: discover facts about the psychologist they are to portray at the cocktail party • Knowledgeable: demonstrate their understanding of their new course in the multi-choice test, present findings of their research and introduce themselves at the party • Open-minded: consider differing approaches such as psychodynamic and humanist which differ from the scientific principles reinforced at GCSE, learn about use of qualitative data • Principled: Value each others contributions at the cocktail party, recognise how psychology can contribute to society, e.g. reduce prejudice, achieve justice through informed policing etc. • Reflective: complete the induction assignment where they are encouraged to think about their past , present and future • Risk-takers: present findings on a new topic, act in character at the party, meet new people , contemplate new ideas • Thinkers: Decide which other psychologists they feel they share something in common with and create psychology schools and families. Internationalism: The psychology party guests will include psychologists form each continent where possible; pupils will be made aware of psychology’s foundation in Europe and America and then the development of psychologies across the globe; pupils will focus on key issue; The Rwandan Genocide (1994). Links to ‘How psychology Works’: • Contributions to society: understanding Rwandan genocide, informed policing (EWT and cognitive interviewing) • Ethics in psychology: creating a code of ethics • Research methods in psychology: the difference between common sense and psychology, evidence based, process of scientific discovery, use and misuse of statistics, use of qualitative data. • Issues of relevance to modern society: Rwanda, cognitive interviewing, the interpretation of dreams, autism, eating disorders • Culture and psychology: cocktail party plenary focuses on bias in psychology; ethnocentrism and androcentrism
  • 3. A Level Psychology (Edexcel) 2009 • Science and psychology: common sense and common science; use and misuse of statistics • Social control and psychology: medications and token economies in the treatment of anorexia, treatments for autism • Nature and Nurture: anorexia and autism • Applying psychology in new situations: understanding Jake’s behaviour Glossary terms: psychology, science, behaviour, mental processes, cognition, experience, behaviourist, social approach, cognitive approach, biological approach, learning approach (behaviourism), psychodynamic approach , research methods, hypothetico-deductive approach, layperson, humanist approach, introspection, Nature-Nurture Debate, quantitative data, qualitative data, studies, theories, ethics Reading • Introductory chapter in any psychology textbook • Course guide • One article or book from summer reading list Assessment of learning • Written assignment: reflective questions, book or article review from summer reading list • Multiple choice test on course structure and assessment • Short answer assessment; defining psychology, ethics in psychology Deadlines: • 22 September Year 12 A level induction assignments • 23 September year 12 Induction test Assessment of teaching • Lesson observation SMP of AJW: Tuesday 3 • Lesson observation AJW of SMP: Monday session 7 or Wednesday session 3 Work scrutiny and sharing good practice: Session 8 Monday 28 September • Collect examples of best student practice from induction assignments • Collect student files to scrutinise organisation skills
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