How do you outline and evaluate in psychology Watch

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Outline and evaluate the biological approach in psychology.
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Outline and evaluate the biological approach in psychology.
Outline means basically write down what the approach is. I assume this isn't too difficult.

Evaluate means give some strengths and weaknesses, so following your outline say something generic like 'the biological approach has both strengths and weaknesses. strengths include...'

you should have been taught the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches, I can't remember exactly what you learn at A level
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Outline and evaluate the biological approach in psychology.
This isn't the type of question I'd get asked on Edexcel A Level Psychology but if I had to try to answer it, I'd do the outline first:

- key concepts within the approach such as the role of the CNS, genes and hormones on behaviour. maybe bring in the role of our biology including brain lateralisation in gender development
- research methods used within the approach including the use of MRI and PET brain scanning techniques; the observational method is very important to biopsychology
- maybe introduce the debate of 'nature vs nature' which is a prominant debate within psychology and discuss the biology approach's stance in the debate

then evaluate:

- evaluate brain scanning techniques i.e. in terms of reliability and validity
- evaluate the observational method as it is used in biopsychology
- evaluate the biological approach in terms of its scientific status


hope that gives you a rough idea of what to mention - ask your teacher for further guidance as I'm not familiar with this type of question
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outline- describe the approach in detail
evaluate- give strengths and limitations of the approach. E.g. subjective/ real-life application/ doesn't take into account biological factors......
good luck :-)
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outline- describe the approach in detail
evaluate- give strengths and limitations of the approach. E.g. subje ctive/ real-life application/ doesn't take into account biological factors......
good luck :-)
thanks.
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