Internal Assessment & Qualitative Research

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Understanding Research methods is a core component of IB Psychology, and the study of psychology in general for Psychology is indeed a SCIENCE!  What makes it a science? Well, you tell me!   

If you don’t know the answer to that question, read the following PDF and use it to help you come up with one

Psychology as a Science

Here is another resource that explains the different types of research methods utilized in psychology: 

Types of Experiments Explained

In order to “play” with, and thus understand, these various types of research methods, we’ll engage in a variety of experiences. We’ll watch them in action (documentary, we’ll conduct them ourselves–internal assessment, and we’ll design but not execute). 

The activity below necessitates that you design a “Naturalistic Observation” for the purpose of increasing sales at a grocery store: 

Understanding Observational Research


Qualitative Research

Qualitative research is different from quantitative research in that it deals with qualitative data. In essence, It is used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. It provides insights into the problem or helps to develop ideas or hypotheses for potential quantitative research

The following short reading is a great primers on the nuances of qualitative research: 

Intro to Qualitative

Reader on Ethics in Research:

Ethics in Research

Qualitative research also allows for TRIANGULATION. Below is an excellent read on the different types of triangulation. 



Internal Assessment

The internal assessment is worth 25% of your overall IB psychology grade! It is an EASY way to help yourself get that desired 6 or 7 !

The following documents will be IMMENSELY helpful to you while you engage in the Internal Assessment Process: 

A List of IB Approved Studies to Replicate (this is not exhaustive): 

IA Topics : Studies to Replicate

HL Internal Assessment Rubric: 

HL IA Rubric adjusted

HL Internal Assessment Rubric: 

SL IA Rubric

Internal Assessment Topic List and Checklist: 

Internal Assessment Topic list and checklist

Internal Assessment “To Dos and NOT TO DOs”: 

IA Comments and Reminders

Guide to Writing your IA: 

IA instructions

Example IA earning an A grade: 

IA Example 26:28 HL

Another IA creation Guide: 


Sample intro for IA in cognitive psychology:

Sample Intro

Sample Internal Assessment..great in some areas, bad in others! Great resource!


Sample APA citation guide from the OWL Purdue University:

APA Sample Paper

Data Analysis:

Information on Types of Data: Nominal, Ordinal, Ratio, Interval



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