Action required on IB Psychology new curriculum

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We, the undersigned, are expressing our concern about the new IB curriculum in psychology, with first assessment in 2019.

The guide is poorly written, lacking clarity. In addition, there is no indication in the guide how questions will be set for students. All information has been gathered from social media and from workshops. The subject area manager gave information to some workshop leaders and that information was disseminated with her permission. Now that information about assessment has been retracted, six months into the teaching of the course. We as teachers would like to see:

1. A clear statement in the curriculum guide about how exams will be set.
2. A reissuance of the specimen paper to correct errors in the sample questions – for example, the sociocultural factors influencing the dissolution of relationships.
3. A “cleaning up” of the guide so that the information in the content and guidance columns is of a standard format. If there is content that students need to learn, it must be clearly stated and not included in paragraphs that need to be “decoded” by teachers.

As we are already six months into the curriculum, we want to see action taken on these three requests in the next few months.



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