Wednesday 24 March 2021 – 4pm
Thursday 29 April 2021 – 4pm

CODE: 8095


Although exam boards these days do not generally require students to create assessed practical coursework, they do advise that students experience regularly conducted mini-practicals, something that many teachers find difficult o fit into their teaching programme. This webinar will concentrate on giving students a practically based learning experience on that most important of topics; research methods. The session will take students through the planning, conducting and analyzing of a mini-practical focused on informational social influence, based on the classic research study conducted by Arthur Jenness in the 1930’s. As well as providing students with an enjoyable experience of research methods, students will also develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the topic that will assist them to create more creditworthy answers to exam questions

Students will be led through and participate in a simple research study, filling in relevant sections of a worksheet as we progress. These will include answering questions based on relevant aspects of research studies


  • Students gaining direct experience of being a psychologist, rather than being simply taught about psychology by involvement in all stages of a research study
  • Developing a deeper knowledge and understanding of research methods
  • Students becoming more confident and motivated to study research methods
  • Gaining an understanding of the role of research methods in Psychology
  • Gaining an understanding of descriptive and inferential statistical methods by analysis of data created during the session
  • Students being better prepared to answer exam-type questions on research methods


Students of A-Level Psychology


4.00pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05 pm: Planning the investigation

  • The background to the study
  • Creating suitable aims and hypotheses
  • Creating suitable independent and dependent variables
  • The methodology involved in the study; design, controls, materials, ethical considerations

4.25pm: Conducting the investigation

  • Conducting the study under controlled conditions
  • Collection of data
  • In-putting of scores into a data table

4.45pm: Analysis of findings

  • Descriptive analysis through creation of an appropriate:
    Results table
    Verbal summary
  • Inferential analysis through selection, application and interpretation of a relevant statistical test
  • Drawings conclusions from the analysis

5.05pm: Final summary

Jean-Marc Lawton

Jean-Marc Lawton has taught Psychology for over 30 years and has a long history of producing high-attaining and well-motivated students. Jean-Marc has written many best-selling books on the subject and bases his own teaching around practically based learning experiences, such as provided by this webinar. Jean-Marc has also many years experience working as an examiner in senior positions for several exam boards and so is able to impart valuable guidance on how to [and how not to] write exam answers