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AS Psychology Induction lesson

Handbook, NSPs, Icebreakers

Carey Griffiths

on 1 August 2013

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Transcript of AS Psychology Induction lesson

Welcome to Psychology
The department
Miss E Lees (Head of department)
Miss J Boon
Miss L Taylor
Miss R Gill
Miss C Griffiths

Course outline
1. Definition of the approach (AS)/application (A2) :
key terms/key assumptions
2. Methodology:
e.g. Laboratory, field and natural experiments, animal experiments, questionnaires, interviews, observations, case studies, correlations, cross-sectional studies, longitudinal studies, twin and adoption studies, PET and MRI scanning
3. Content
Social Approach:
Obedience and prejudice
Cognitive Approach:
Memory and forgetting
Learning Approach:
Classical conditionning, operant conditionning and Social Learning Theory
Psychodynamic Approach:
Freud’s psychosexual stages of development, Freud’s theory of personality and defence mechanisms
Biological Approach:
The effect of genes, hormones and brain lateralisation on gender development.
A2: Child Psychology:
attachments, daycare and autism
Criminological Psychology:
Explanations and treatments for criminal behaviour, eyewitness testimony
Clinical Psychology:
Abnormality, schizophrenia, phobias

4. Studies in detail: one for each topic
5. Key Issues: Genocide; EWT; Advertising; Psychoanalysis; Autism
6. Practical investigations- one for each topic
New Student Profiles
We need a record of your GCSE scores, A level choices and to be aware of any additional needs you may have.

Can you all now fill in the NSPs and hand them back to me.
Ice breakers
Stand up hand up pair up
1. Stand up and move around the room with your hand in the air till you meet someone new

2. Number yourselves 1 & 2- biggest hands (1)

3. 1s you have 45 seconds to tell 2s 3 interesting facts about yourself, 2 places you love to visit, and 1 worry you may have.

4. 2s it's now your turn

5. PAY ATTENTION- you will be introducing your new partner and their info to the class!!!
Free association

I will read out a series of questions
Imagining the scenes in your mind, and write down the FIRST thing that you visualize.
Don't over think it- its just a bit of fun
1. You are not alone. You are walking in the woods. Who are you walking with?

2. You are walking in the woods. You see an animal. What kind of animal is it?

3. What interaction takes place between you and the animal?

4. You walk deeper in the woods. You enter a clearing and before you is your dream house. Describe its size?

5. Is your dream house surrounded by a fence?
6. You enter the house. You walk to the dining area and see the dining room table. Describe what you see on AND around the table.

7. You exit the house through the back door. Lying in the grass is a cup. What material is the cup made of?

8. What do you do with the cup?

You have just participated in a relational psychology test (a personality test).
The answers you have given to the questions have been shown to be relevant to the values and ideals that we hold in our personal lives.
The analysis follows:

1. The person who you are walking with is the most important person in your life.
2. The size of the animal is representative of your perception of the size of your problems.
3. The severity of the interaction you have with the animal is representative of how you deal with your problems. (passive/aggressive)
4. The size of your dream house is representative of the size of your ambition to resolve your problems.
5. No fence is indicative of an open personality. People are welcome at all times. The presence of a fence indicates a closed personality. You'd prefer people not to drop by unannounced.
6. If your answer did not include food, people, or flowers, then you are generally unhappy.
7. The durability of the material with which the cup is made of is representative of the perceived durability of your relationship with the person named in number 1. For example, styrafoam, plastic, and paper are all disposable, styrofoam, paper and glass are not durable, and metal and plastic are durable.
8. Your disposition of the cup is representative of your attitude towards the person in number 1.

How smart are you??
READ this sentence:


Now count the Fs out loud. But only do it once!
There are 6 F's in the sentence.
One of average intelligence finds 3 of them.
If you spotted 4, you're above average. If you discovered 5, you can turn your nose at most anybody.
If you caught 6, you are a genius.
There is no catch. Most people forget the "OF"s. The human brain tends to see them as Vs instead of F's.
Is this a valid way to determine how "smart" someone is?
Why/why not?

Miss Griffiths

BSc in Psychology and Criminology
MSc in Psychology and Business
PGCE in Secondary Psychology
What I expect from you:

I have high expectations:
attend class, be on time, participate, revise for assessments, do extra reading, track your own progress and set reachable targets, reach/surpass target grades.
Work hard:
as long as you give 100% then I cant ask for anymore
Be respectful of one another:
I wont tolerate rudeness
Don't be afraid to have a go:
I'd rather you try and get it wrong that not bother at all

"Your class"
Taught by
Miss Lees
4 lessons with Miss Lees over 2 weeks

unit 1: Social and Cognitive

6 Lessons with me over 2 weeks Unit 2: Biological, Learning, Psychodynamic

Unit 1
Social Approach and Cognitive Approach
40% of the AS, 20% of the A Level
Written paper, 1 hour 20 mins
60 marks

Unit 2
Unit 2
Biological Approach, Psychodynamic Approach and Learning Approach
60 % of the AS and 30% of the A Level
Written Paper, 1 hour 40 mins
80 marks
Specification- Edexcel
100% examination
4 units
No January exams
No prior knowledge is needed
About the course:
Assessment dates:

SA1- w/c 14th Oct
SA2- w/c 9th Dec
MU- w/c 20th Jan
SA3- w/c 3rd Mar
Mock- w/c 22 Apr
Per Lesson:
Progress checks
In class activities
Per year:
3 standarised assessments
1 mid unit exam
1 mock
Standardised assessments:
Assessment Unit 1 – Social and cognitive
1 Social Psychology – study in detail (12 marks)
2 Social Psychology – Scenario question SIT (12 marks)
3 Cognitive Psychology – Theories of forgetting (12 marks)
Unit 2 – Learning, biological and psychodynamic approaches

1 Biological Approach – gender development (12 marks)
2 Learning Approach – Bandura et al (short questions)
3 Psychodynamic Approach – Axline study (12 marks)

Psychology and Sociology film club!

About once a month, we will reserve the 6th Form Common Room from 3:30pm-5:30pm. During these times we will watch a range of films that relate to the specification and the topics that we are studying.
Attendance to the club is optional.
It is meant to be a fun way for you to delve further into psychological and/or sociological issues. It is a great addition for UCAS references if you are considering studying Psychology or Sociology at University.

As a department we have a full set of books to use in class or during lunch times.
If you wish to purchase any the Edexcel AS and A2
Psychology and the recommended ones.
School shared area:
Sixth form – sociology/psychology – psychology AS (or A2) – then click on the topic you want.


London trip in November

Over night stay
Visit the Science Museum, Clink Prison Museum, Jack the Ripper Trail, the Freud Museum, London Dungeons and Covent Garden
During the year we offer one to one student mentoring, where year 13 students can give help to year 12 students.
We also have after school help on different evenings and some lunchtimes.
We will advertise these things and you should sign up when they are offered if you think it will help you.
If you need anything else just ASK.

Top tips!

In class

Read through class notes after lessons
Do extra (relevant) reading
Catch up on missed work
If you are unsure of something ASK for help
Make revision notes after each topic


Don't just re-write notes: highlight/ summarise/ make it to a song
Revise for 45mins max- break for 10mins
Don't miss sleep or food
Revise with friends
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