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Raising Achievement in GCSE Psychology

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Age Range: KS4

Helps D-grade GCSE Psychology students to raise their grades to C or above. Help your KS4 students develop and practise their analytical and reasoning skills. Particular focus on NEAB and AEB syllabuses. Resources contain relevant assessment criteria.

Topics include: Identifying psychological processes; Ethical issues in psychology; Concepts and definitions; Obtaining results; Using data; Making decisions; Carrying out experiments; Constructing arguments; Evaluating strengths and weaknesses; Reviewing.

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Size: 64 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 256 3
Author(s): Don Blower
Code: RAPS
Popularity rank: 161

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Contents List



  • 7 MEMORY Students gain experience of designing a psychological investigation into memory.
  • 9 CONCENTRATION Students improve their understanding of the dependent and independent variables in an investigation.
  • 11 ORAL AND MOTOR Students learn how to establish a base-line in oral and motor performance tests.
  • 13 LEARNING This worksheet looks at the process of data collection during multiple trials in an investigation.
  • 15 ETHICAL ISSUES Students explore the importance of ethical issues, and the constraints they impose on the limits of an investigation.
  • 17 CONTROL GROUP Students work with the concept of a control group in an investigation.
  • 19 SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR The basics of social learning are considered.
  • 21 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY Conformity, obedience and bystander intervention are the key concepts explored by this lesson plan.


  • 23 INVESTIGATION IN CONTEXT Students practise extracting, manipulating and interpreting information from a reference text.
  • 25 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT 1 This worksheet offers activities to encourage students to relate personal experiences to the ideas of Piaget.
  • 27 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT 2 The difference between concrete operational thought and formal operational thought is explored in a variety of activities.
  • 29 SEEING THINGS This worksheet encourages students to understand different types of memory.
  • 31 VARIABLES This lesson plan looks at the variables that can exist in an investigation environment.
  • 33 BEHAVIOURISM 1 Real-life applications of behavioural learning theory are explored and considered.
  • 35 BEHAVIOURISM 2 Students relate the principles of behavioural learning to practical problems.


  • 37 ANALYSING DATA Students practise methodologies for analysing data critically.
  • 39 HYPOTHESES The formulation of hypotheses and null hypotheses is the core work on this worksheet.
  • 41 E-VALUE-ATION Students are encouraged to look at how to assess the value of an investigation.
  • 43 NATURE VS NURTURE Students consider both sides of this important argument and produce oral and written assessments.
  • 45 PERCEPTION 1 Theories of perception investigated.
  • 47 PERCEPTION 2 This worksheet aims to give students an understanding of the perceptual set.
  • 49 PSYCHOLOGY OF MEMORY 1 Key concepts of memory investigated.
  • 51 PSYCHOLOGY OF MEMORY 2 Students learn to distinguish between long- and short-term memory.


  • 53 SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS 1 Students identify weaknesses in their knowledge and practise ways to improve their grasp of psychology as a subject for study.
  • 55 SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS 2 This lesson plan extends the range of the work begun on the previous one.
  • 57 LONG ANSWER QUESTIONS 1 This lesson plan focuses students onto the skills they need to read, comprehend, consider, plan and execute a written response to deeper questions about psychology.
  • 59 CRITICAL ASSESSMENT Students look at how to formulate positive and negative criticism of psychological research.
  • 61 USING DATA Different ways to present data are investigated.


  • 62 for ORAL AND MOTOR
  • 63 for CONTROL GROUP