Psychology: Lesson Elements

As with its sociological counterpart – except more-so, this set of resources from the OCR Exam Board is designed to support teaching and learning for their A-Level Specification and while some of the resources may fall outside the scope of other Specifications there will probably be plenty here that doesn’t.


In other words, you can easily fill-your-boots with these Lesson Elements, whether or not you happen to teach OCR Psychology.

And by “lesson elements” we basically mean small(ish) group and individual tasks, relatively simple classroom activities and worksheets.

Lots of worksheets (although if you want to lighten the load a little I’ve added links to our Psychology films that I think might fit well with the worksheet. These are available to either rent or buy).

A little oddly some of these are provided as “blank” activity sheets (i.e. questions are asked and the space for student answers is left empty) while others consist of instructions for teachers with sample answers (i.e. they contain suggested student answers). There’s probably a way around this problem, but’s its probably one that should have been easily avoided.

But what the heck, this stuff’s free and we maybe shouldn’t quibble too much about what’s on offer, particularly when there’s so much of it (around 3 times more than what’s been provided for sociologists, by my calculations) distributed across three broad categories:

1. Research methods

Introduction to hypotheses and the development of hypothesis writing skills: this is a zipped (compressed) file containing a worksheet and teacher guide.

Descriptive statistics workbook

Descriptive statistics teacher guide

Aims, hypotheses and variables [Film: Variables]

Ethics and ethical considerations [Film: Ethics and Ethical Issues]

Experimental designs [Film: Experimental Design]

Hypotheses student handbook

Induction and deduction

Inferential statistics: distribution curves workbook

Inferential statistics: parametric and non-parametric workbook

Inferential statistics: probability (answers to activity 2)

Inferential statistics: probability workbook [Film: Probability]

Methodological issues

Reliability and Validity

Peer review: this zipped (compressed) file contains “separate teaching and learning resources”.

Populations, samples and sampling methods [Film: Sampling]

Reliability and validity [Film: Reliability and Validity]

Research methods: activity 1

Research methods: activity 1 teacher instructions

Research methods: activity 2

Research methods: activity 2 teacher instructions

2. Psychological themes through core studies

Debates teacher guide

Bandura’s study: zipped file containing “three worksheets with teacher instructions”. [Film: Media and Aggression]

Baron-Cohen et al

Blakemore and Cooper

Casey et al

Casey et al: evaluation of research

Chaney et al

Debates workbook

Freud’s Little Hans case study

Lee et al

Memory research comparison

Milgram and Bocchiaro [Film: Beyond Milgram: Obedience and Identity]

Moray’s study

Moray’s study teacher instructions

Recalling the ten core studies


The behaviourist perspective

The biological area

The cognitive area

The developmental area

The individual differences area

The psychodynamic perspective

The social area

Sperry teacher handout


3. Applied psychology

Gottesman et al

Hancock’s study

Hancock’s study teacher instructions

Rosenhan [Film: On Being Sane in Insane Places]


The strange situation methodology [Film: Attachment and Child Development]

The strange situation methodology teacher instructions

Wells’ key study

Wells’ key study teacher instructions

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