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I was just wondering how long the 10 mark questions need to be at a level. The question is to describe and evaluate the behaviourist approach. I know what to write but I want to write enough, but then not ramble on as well. Any help? Thank you.
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I was just wondering how long the 10 mark questions need to be at a level. The question is to describe and evaluate the behaviourist approach. I know what to write but I want to write enough, but then not ramble on as well. Any help? Thank you.
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Okay, so the thing is about this question is that there is a really easy way to break it down that guarantees full marks. A 10 mark answer requires 5 AO1 marks and 5 AO2 marks. Guess what? That's "describe" and "evaluate".

All you need to do is describe the approach in detail. You can do this by breaking it down into 5 "Key assumptions". You might have been taught differently to me, but this is what we learned:
1. Humans are born "blank slates" and apart from a few inate reflexes all behaviour is learned.
2. Behaviour can be learned through CLASSICAL CONDITIONING (and explain this)
3. Behaviour can be learned through OPERANT CONDITIONING
4. The approach uses scientific methods of study such as lab experiments (then give a study - I suggest Watson and Reyner)
5. The approach believes that you can study animals to learn about humans.

Now for the evaluation. Basically all you need to do here is give a strength or a weakness, give an example of it, then explain why this is a strength or a weakness. To think of some ideas, use this mnemonic:

Determinism - does the approach believe in free will or not?
Reductionism - does the approach offer other explainations or just one?
Evidence - what evidence does the approach have?
Applications - has the approach been beneficial to people (it has - phobia treatments)
Methods - why is the way the approach conducts research a strength or a weakness?

That's it. 10 marks. Boom boom boom.
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Okay, so the thing is about this question is that there is a really easy way to break it down that guarantees full marks. A 10 mark answer requires 5 AO1 marks and 5 AO2 marks. Guess what? That's "describe" and "evaluate".

All you need to do is describe the approach in detail. You can do this by breaking it down into 5 "Key assumptions". You might have been taught differently to me, but this is what we learned:
1. Humans are born "blank slates" and apart from a few inate reflexes all behaviour is learned.
2. Behaviour can be learned through CLASSICAL CONDITIONING (and explain this)
3. Behaviour can be learned through OPERANT CONDITIONING
4. The approach uses scientific methods of study such as lab experiments (then give a study - I suggest Watson and Reyner)
5. The approach believes that you can study animals to learn about humans.

Now for the evaluation. Basically all you need to do here is give a strength or a weakness, give an example of it, then explain why this is a strength or a weakness. To think of some ideas, use this mnemonic:

Determinism - does the approach believe in free will or not?
Reductionism - does the approach offer other explainations or just one?
Evidence - what evidence does the approach have?
Applications - has the approach been beneficial to people (it has - phobia treatments)
Methods - why is the way the approach conducts research a strength or a weakness?

That's it. 10 marks. Boom boom boom.
Omg thank you so much! This helped loads. Think she set it to see how we approach it first without her going through them, just to see how we do. Hopefully I'll do well from the start now! Thank you!
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