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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd (20 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845900936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845900939
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.6 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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This is overall a well presented, student friendly psychology text. It offers a fresh and refreshing insight into AS Psychology. Along with familiar favourites I enjoyed reading the many new studies not usually featured in AS Psychology textbooks. I particularly liked the `Take a Closer Look` feature of the `Study in Focus` section as this encourages the skills needed for effective evaluation. All psychology departments should have access to this book, whether they use `AQA` `A` or not. --Claire Barker, Head of Psychology, Wells Cathedral School<br \><br \>Student friendly - nice layout, not too big and cumbersome and not too much writing on each page - students these days would be put off with too much text. Photos and cartoons appeal to visual learners. I like the format - the different parts (ask an examiner and boxes with supplementary text etc.). --Alison Wilson, Allerton High School<br \><br \>Very student user friendly . Nice cartoons, and good pictures. Students like pictures! Information - written in an easy style correctly written without the loftiness of academic writing. The layout of the book is easy on the eye . The colour coding of the pages is useful for quick access to information. The Key Studies, or here called Studies in Focus are easily understood and are jargon free so students an access content without too much trouble. Where possible, recent research studies have been added. It is difficult to be original as many of the studies have been on the specifications for years. Things are kept simple, like terminology etc. and thus helps the student to make the transition from GCSE to A level work without it being a daunting experience. From experience I have found that students give up before they have started because, as they say it is too difficult! A refreshingly welcome approach to the new AS exam which should stimulate and enthuse both student and teacher. The Ask the Examiner tips are really useful to students and they have the confidence that the advice given is from current practising examiners I should know I have worked with both of them! And they know their stuff! Students often let themselves down not due to lack of knowledge, but how to answer the question to maximise their grades. Many textbooks omit this. As a teacher of many years, I thought it was going to be yet another textbook, but I personally enjoyed it and found it quite refreshing to read, even though it is covering material I already know. Although the authors have not included a section on How Science works , it does not detract from the usefulness of the book. This section is best kept out as such information is not really necessary in a student textbook. That sort of information is more for teachers. I certainly will recommend this book to colleagues and my students. --Jenny Toal. Vice Chair of the ATP. Senior Examiner. Currently teaching Psychology at Countesthorpe Community College. Leicestershire<br \><br \>Student friendly - nice layout, not too big and cumbersome and not too much writing on each page - students these days would be put off with too much text. Photos and cartoons appeal to visual learners. I like the format - the different parts (ask an examiner and boxes with supplementary text etc.). --Alison Wilson, Allerton High School<br \><br \>Very student user friendly . Nice cartoons, and good pictures. Students like pictures! Information - written in an easy style correctly written without the loftiness of academic writing. The layout of the book is easy on the eye . The colour coding of the pages is useful for quick access to information. The Key Studies, or here called Studies in Focus are easily understood and are jargon free so students an access content without too much trouble. Where possible, recent research studies have been added. It is difficult to --Jenny Toal. Vice Chair of the ATP. Senior Examiner. Currently teaching Psychology at Countesthorpe Community College. Leicestershire

This is an excellent textbook. It is accessible to all levels of Advanced Psychology students. I would highly recommend this textbook for anybody starting teaching psychology for the first time or those experienced teachers who need some fresh and innovative ideas. I have highly recommended this text for all the psychology PGCE students at Manchester Metropolitan university , as I believe it is an invaluable tool --Karen J Duffy, Senior Lecturer Social Science, Psychology and Citizenship Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

Very student user friendly . Nice cartoons, and good pictures. Students like pictures! Information - written in an easy style correctly written without the loftiness of academic writing. The layout of the book is easy on the eye . The colour coding of the pages is useful for quick access to information. The Key Studies, or here called Studies in Focus are easily understood and are jargon free so students an access content without too much trouble. Where possible, recent research studies have been added. It is difficult to be original as many of the studies have been on the specifications for years. Things are kept simple, like terminology etc. and thus helps the student to make the transition from GCSE to A level work without it being a daunting experience. From experience I have found that students give up before they have started because, as they say it is too difficult! A refreshingly welcome approach to the new AS exam which should stimulate and enthuse both student and teacher. The Ask the Examiner tips are really useful to students and they have the confidence that the advice given is from current practising examiners I should know I have worked with both of them! And they know their stuff! Students often let themselves down not due to lack of knowledge, but how to answer the question to maximise their grades. Many textbooks omit this. As a teacher of many years, I thought it was going to be yet another textbook, but I personally enjoyed it and found it quite refreshing to read, even though it is covering material I already know. Although the authors have not included a section on How Science works , it does not detract from the usefulness of the book. This section is best kept out as such information is not really necessary in a student textbook. That sort of information is more for teachers. I certainly will recommend this book to colleagues and my students. --Jenny Toal. Vice Chair of the ATP. Senior Examiner. Currently teaching Psychology at Countesthorpe Community College. Leicestershire

About the Author

Nigel Holt is Head of Psychology at Aberystwyth University. He has taught psychology at GCSE and A level and worked for many years as a senior examiner for AQA. In addition to his ongoing research as a cognitive psychologist, Nigel is an established textbook author and editor of a large number of books for undergraduate students.

Rob Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in the Cardiff School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He has considerable experience and success teaching A level psychology, and for many years was a senior examiner for AQA. In addition to teaching and examining, Rob has been actively involved in A level specification development and delivering INSET and CPD training for teachers.


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This really is this seasons 'must have' psychology text book. Although aimed at AQA 'A' it has relevence for all the major A level specs for the new syllabus. It offers a range of familiar and new research which adds a new spark to oft visited topics. Although we all encourage our students to 'go and find other material' we know that they probably will not bother. This text gives that extra insight. For me the book is not only logically set out, but is colour coded by section, which really speeds up finding the bit you are looking for. Each section is follows a fluid path which provides a useful backdrop for learning and I can see how you could easily structure lessons around this layout. I particularly liked the 'focus' studies as these have been designed to get the students thinking (a skill we sometimes forget they need) in a way that encourages a critical analysis of the research. I personally teach OCR but will ensure I have several copies of this text on my bookshelf and in the library by September.
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The A2 of this book was fantastic but the AS is not as good as the A2 one in my opinion. For example in section about memory a section of the working model wasn't even included. IF you use this book make sure you have another AS book too as I think its got important sections not included.
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I was told to get this by my psychology teacher and I expected it to feel quite used from the description, but it was in very good condition and arrived faster than expected! Has the information I need to hopefully help me pass my AS.
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I was a bit disappointed with this book especially as authors are examiners for AQA. It is has no review/assesments/activities for students to do. There is a lot of descriptive material that is not supported by any research which means you still have to give the students the appropriate research or they have to find it for themselves. Ok as a general book but there are others on the market that are better. Also getting the book was not that easy - wasn't ready in time for the start of the course!
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This is very helpful for my son's AS level coursework and covers most of his research. This seems to be a "must" for this course and I recommend anybody buying it to reinforce all areas of learning.
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Bought for daughter for School Course following recommendation. Received promptly from supplier and book lives up to it's recommendation.
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I have only read the parts on memory and research methods but the book is very interesting and helps me with my homework.
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