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Advice for teachers -
Psychology

Developing a program

Overview

The program outlines the nature and sequence of teaching and learning necessary for students to demonstrate achievement of the set of outcomes for a unit. The areas of study describe the learning contexts and the knowledge and skills required for the demonstration of each outcome.

Each outcome draws on the set of contextualised key skills for Psychology listed on pages 11 and 12 of the study design. The development, use and application of the key science skills must be integrated into the teaching sequence. These skills support a number of pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning including a focus on inquiry where students pose questions, explore scientific ideas, draw evidence-based conclusions and propose solutions to problems.

Teachers must develop courses that include appropriate learning activities to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills identified in the outcomes in each unit. Attention should be given to designing a course of study that is relevant to students, contextually based, employs a manageable number of wide ranging student tasks, and uses a variety of source material from a diverse number of providers. Learning activities must include investigative work that involves the generation of primary data, including laboratory and fieldwork. Other learning activities may include investigations involving the generation of primary and/or collection of secondary data through observational studies, self-reports, questionnaires, interviews, use of rating scales, simulations, animations and literature reviews.