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How to facilitate inquiry-based learning in online classrooms

Many of us are facing new challenges concerning our health and safety conditions. The rapidly increasing school closures, especially over the past few months, have hindered face-to-face learning for untold numbers of students, but this is just one of the many difficulties we face every day that influence our individual lives and well-being. 

In this article by Pamoja Teacher, Haoken Huoermaiti, he offers his advice to teachers who are having to quickly adapt from in class teaching to online teaching in the face of school closures during the coronavirus pandemic.


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Pamoja student Anna on ‘staying safe in school after a pandemic’

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Pamoja Student Fatema on ‘the major lessons I learned through studying Psychology online’

Hi There! I am Fatema Hasan, a second-year Psychology SL Pamoja student. As my 2 years with Pamoja are coming to an end, I wanted to ... Read more

Psychology IBDP: Does individualism bring happiness?

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Parents, how can you help?

Article written by Pamoja Teacher, Zena Taha Bjorgen For more than a decade, Pamoja Education has been a leading educational ... Read more

Are Generation Z and online tutoring natural bedfellows?

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Pamoja Student Fatema on ‘how to overcome the challenges of learning psychology online’

Hi There! I am Fatema Hasan, a second-year Psychology SL Pamoja student. For the past two years, I gained tons of experience on how to ... Read more

Pamoja Teacher Haoken’s tips and tricks for an online classroom

Article written by Pamoja Teacher, Haoken Huoermaiti In his second post offering advice to teachers who are having to quickly adapt ... Read more

How to facilitate inquiry-based learning in online classrooms

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Psychology IBDP: The IA in IB Psychology – Common Errors and Omissions

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Pamoja Student Nur on ‘how schools can help reduce students’ anxiety’

Hello! My name is Nur and I am from Turkey. I’m an IBDP Business Management Year 1 HL student learning online with Pamoja. It is a ... Read more

Pamoja student Anna on ‘how life has changed since coronavirus’

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How can EdTech make sure it passes the test on new online harms regulations?

At Pamoja, we are proactively engaged with the critical issues facing the EdTech sector, including making sure that young people feel ... Read more

Pamoja Student Nur on ‘how to spend our virus break wisely’

Hello! My name is Nur and I am from Turkey. First of all, I’m an IBDP Business Management Year 1 HL student and as IB informed us our ... Read more

Psychology IBDP: The influence of modern digital technologies on cognitive processes

Read our latest blog-post for students currently studying psychology for the IBDP from Pamoja teacher, Peter Anthony How video games ... Read more

Pamoja Student Masa on ‘tips and tricks for studying online’

Hello! My name is Masa and I have started studying Spanish online with Pamoja this year. Even though I have been studying online for a ... Read more

Pamoja Student Eric on ‘How to set up a revision schedule for Pamoja exams’

Hello! My name is Eric – I began the IBDP Business Management HL in September 2018 and I’m from Northville, Michigan. What exams ... Read more

Pamoja student Morena on ‘My first interactions with Pamoja’

Hello! My name is Morena. I am 15 years old and starting my year-one learning with Pamoja on IB psychology. I have had four weeks of ... Read more

Psychology IBDP: Outstanding IB psychology blogs you need to know about

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Pamoja Tutor: Misconceptions with online tutoring from a maths teacher’s perspective

My name is Dora, and I am an experienced IB Maths teacher. I have taught the subject for almost 10 years at all levels in an ... Read more

Pamoja student Anna on ‘How Pamoja saved my academic year!’

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Psychology IBDP: Thinking critically about Research Design and Methodologies

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How can schools find imaginative answers to the curriculum squeeze?

At Pamoja, we are proactively engaged with the critical issues affecting schools and teachers both in the UK and globally, including ... Read more

How can EdTech ease teacher workload and win over the school staffroom?

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Psychology IBDP: The Bystander Effect challenged

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Psychology IBDP: How accurate are Flashbulb memories of dramatic events?

Read our latest blog-post for students currently studying psychology for the IBDP from Pamoja teacher, Peter Anthony An important ... Read more

How do you draw a classroom?

At Pamoja, we are always asking questions about the future of education and how the sector might change as new technologies disrupt and Read more

Pamoja student Mara on how she manages her studies with Pamoja

Hello! My name is Mara and I started learning the IBDP Business and Management SL course with Pamoja in September 2019, and was ... Read more

Pamoja student Alisa offers some advice for online learning

Hello! My name is Alisa, and I’m currently a 9th grader taking my first year of Cambridge International AS/A- level Mathematics with ... Read more

How online learning can set students up for success at university and beyond

At Pamoja, we are always learning more about how online learning impacts students. In this article, we take a look at how online ... Read more

Pamoja student Alisa on facing challenges and overcoming them

Hello! My name is Alisa, and I’m currently a 9th grader taking my first year of Cambridge International AS/A- level Mathematics with ... Read more

Pamoja student Alisa on why she studies online

Hello! My name is Alisa, and I’m currently a 9th grader taking my first year of Cambridge International AS/A- level Mathematics with ... Read more

FAQs on IB Psychology External Assessment

Examinations are challenging, and the more prepared you can be the better. This post will provide answers to FAQs from students about ... Read more

What are the biggest challenges in education for 2020?

At Pamoja, we spend a lot of time thinking about the future of education and what challenges we believe are on the horizon, and how ... Read more

Why is an argument so important in writing an essay in IB Psychology

As a teacher of IB Psychology for over 20 years I have marked hundreds of essays. The best essays explicitly state an argument in the ... Read more

Pamoja Ambassador Roby on studying IB Business & Management online

Our Pamoja Scholar, Roby Platt, from North Broward Preparatory School discusses his experience with blended learning through the Pamoja Read more

IB Psychology Subject Report May 2019: The Internal Assessment

In a previous post, the guidance provided by IB about External Assessment was highlighted. Attention now shifts to Internal Assessment. Read more

Psychology blog: Szasz and the Myth of Mental Illness

The study of abnormal behaviour has a long and tragic history. People who have a mental disorder were seen as possessed by evil spirits Read more

Pamoja Ambassador Carmen on managing her studies

My name is Carmen and I am a Finnish IB student studying HL Business Management with Pamoja. I have played the piano since I was 4 ... Read more

Meet our teachers: Deborah Sutherland

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What happens when students learn online?

During our 10 year anniversary event “Draw Me a Classroom”, we invited participants to consider how they might define a ... Read more

The IB Psychology Subject Report – May 2019

Each year, following the May and November examination sessions, the IB publishes a subject report. This report provides the grade ... Read more

Psychology blog: The need for personal space

Psychologists, especially those taking a sociocultural approach, have investigated social and cultural differences in interpersonal ... Read more

Teacher retention: problem or progress?

Teacher retention has been a focus for educational bodies and news reporters for some time. It’s a global issue, with the same ... Read more

Psychology blog: The significance of different cultural groups

Researchers investigating cultural groups and differences between these groups have adopted various approaches. These include in-depth ... Read more

Psychology blog: In two minds? The dual processing model

The dual processing model assumes that we think in two ways across several tasks. These can be understood as intuitive (automatic) ... Read more

Creating global citizens to defend democracy

Last week we celebrated our 10th anniversary with an event centred around the classroom of the future. Below are remarks made by ... Read more

Access high-quality tutoring through Pamoja Tutor

We are expanding our portfolio of online International Baccalaureate Diploma, Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A ... Read more

Psychology blog: Research study investigating ketanserin

In a previous post, you read about neurons and how their actions can be affected by particular drugs. The recreational drug MDMA ... Read more

Psychology blog: Agonists and antagonists

Neurons in certain brain areas are specific in which neurotransmitters they release and receive. This means that their action can be ... Read more

Meet our teachers: Samar Aad Makhoul

Please tell us about yourself! My name is Samar Aad Makhoul. I started my career as a Computer Scientist in 1997 after receiving my BSc Read more

Psychology blog: Responding to the “describe” command term

The “describe” command term in a Short Answer Question (SAQ) requires that you give a detailed account of a concept, ... Read more

Psychology blog: Neural pruning and the adolescent brain

Psychologists taking a biological approach seek to understand how neural networks develop over a life span and in response to ... Read more

Meet our teachers: Dan Barazani

Tell us about yourself! My name is Dan Barazani, and I’ve been a Psychology teacher with Pamoja for the past three years. I also ... Read more

Meet our scholars!

Our Scholarship Programme provides outstanding prospective IB Diploma Programme students with the opportunity to take their subject of ... Read more

Psychology blog: What happens to the brain when you fall in love?

Research on the effects of dopamine on behaviour has determined that this neurostransmitter is strongly associated with motivation, ... Read more

Psychology External Assessments: A guide for IBDP students

To ensure transparency in terms of how assessment questions are formulated, the IB has published a clarification guide. The following ... Read more

“A heartening celebration of teachers”, our CEO on GESF 2019 for the EdTech Podcast

Pamoja announced the launch of online Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A Level courses at the Global Education and ... Read more

“Thanks to my teacher, I know what IB examiners want from students”

Aras is an IB DP student at TED Ankara College Foundation High School, and has just completed his first year of Psychology SL with us. ... Read more

How to get the most out of your online learning experience

Hear from first year IB DP student Bethany on her experience of studying online with Pamoja so far. Hello! My name is Bethany and I ... Read more

Pamoja partners with Hodder Education to enhance students’ online learning experience

Pamoja’s new online Cambridge IGCSETM and International A Level courses will include access to Hodder Education’s Student eTextbooks, ... Read more

Psychology blog: Serotonin and reactions to unfairness

Neurotransmission has a significant relationship to human behaviour. It is also a major focus for psychologists taking a biological ... Read more

10 minutes with Geert Hofstede

Geert Hofstede pioneered modern research on cultural dimensions in the 1960s and 1970s. In this series of 10-minute presentations, ... Read more

Intern blog: What really goes into making an animated video?

Over the last few months, I’ve been working alongside a creative agency to produce one-minute animated explainer videos. The ... Read more

Unexpected, challenging, fulfilling: Studying Philosophy online with Pamoja

Alice is in the second year of her IBDP and is studying Philosophy with us. She is also a Pamoja Ambassador and an active member of our Read more

Meet our teachers: Esha Patnaik

Tell us about yourself! My name is Esha Patnaik. My professional background spans Psychotherapy and academia. I am a psychotherapist by Read more

The reliability of eyewitness testimony

The view that human memory is not an exact copy of events is widely accepted. Rather, it is now understood to be a reconstruction that ... Read more

Six strategies for effective learning

What does effective learning look like? The Learning Scientists are a group of researchers, many of whom are psychologists, interested ... Read more

Intern blog: A student’s guide to managing stress

As exam season looms for many, it’s worth paying extra attention to the symptoms of stress which may be arising for you and ... Read more

Meet our teachers: Rini Ghosh

Tell us about yourself! My name is Rini Ghosh and I hold a Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University Read more

Meet our teachers: Alison Mann

Please tell us about yourself My name is Alison Mann and I live in Toronto, Canada. I have been a teacher for 20 years, but it doesn’t ... Read more

How our people make it work: James Schollar explains how we review and test courses

As part of our 10 year anniversary celebrations, we are hearing from some of the Pamoja people who bring you our courses and aim to ... Read more

TED Talks psychology playlist

TED describes itself as a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. (TED stands for ... Read more

How our people make it work: James Schollar explains how we work to best practice quality standards

As part of our 10 year anniversary celebrations, we are taking you behind the scenes and into our offices to meet some of the people ... Read more

Meet our teachers: Arno Dirks

This year we're interviewing 10 of our teachers from around the world to celebrate 10 years of Pamoja! Meet Mathematics HL teacher, ... Read more

The teenage brain

The brain is far from ‘static’ as research has shown that complex neural networks can be modified and changed in a process known as ... Read more

Meet the team: how our people make it work

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary with new IB courses and launch as a Cambridge International School, we take you behind the scenes ... Read more

Pamoja online courses now available to Cambridge International Schools

We’re pleased to announce Pamoja has been approved by Cambridge Assessment International Education to teach its world-leading ... Read more

Time management in the IB and Pamoja online courses

The transition from MYP to IB is a big one. The workload increases drastically, with courses having a lot of independent work. The ... Read more

International Women’s Day 2019: Celebrating women’s achievement

This year we are marking International Women’s Day by catching up with María, a Mechanical Engineer who is passionate about encouraging Read more

Intern blog: Three things to take away from your internship

When applying for an internship, you may not have any idea of what direction you want to go, or what it’s like to work in the industry ... Read more

Can you learn a language online?

Despite the exponential growth of online methodologies in all areas of society, education remains daunted by the prospect of trusting ... Read more

Oliver Sacks

The case study of Clive Wearing (CW), one of the most famous in cognitive psychology, was undertaken by Oliver Sacks. Sacks was ... Read more

Promoting Multilingualism in the IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) states its mission as being “more than its educational programs and certificates,” going on to ... Read more

Effective study techniques in Psychology

Stephen Chew, a psychology professor from Samford University, presents a series of short lectures on study techniques. These videos are Read more

How online learning can set students up for success at university and beyond

Earlier this month, the world-leading Harvard Business School announced a small but significant change in the way it talks about ... Read more

Meet our teachers: Rajesh Jha

This year we’re interviewing 10 of our teachers from around the world to celebrate 10 years of Pamoja! We’d like to introduce you to ... Read more

Malala Yousafzai

At the start of IB Psychology Course you read about Malala Yousafzai who in 2012 survived a terrorist attack.  As you recall, she was ... Read more

Responding to the “explain” command term

The “explain” command term in an Short Answer Question requires that you give a detailed account of a psychological concept, theory or ... Read more

Intern blog: Five key elements of health and wellbeing

I am not an expert when it comes to advice on how to have a healthy lifestyle, but paying attention to a couple of things along the way Read more

Tips on excelling in your online class

Are you new to Pamoja? Never taken an online course before? Has the stress of the IB got to you? You’re reading the right article! ... Read more

EdTech must ease teacher workload if it is to win over the staffroom

John Ingram, CEO of Pamoja Education, talks to Education Technology about teacher burnout, and how technology can help alleviate it. As Read more

Intern blog: Always on the move

Some people spend their entire lives in one place, one house, or even one community. Others move several times throughout their lives, ... Read more

Chinese if you please: My experience with Pamoja’s Mandarin ab initio

My name is Camden, and I am a sophomore at Lakewood High School in Denver, Colorado. I am a Pamoja student currently taking IB Mandarin Read more

Meet our teachers: Ruth West

We’d like you to meet Ruth West, a Business Management HL teacher, a member of the Pamoja Community Team and Course Advisor for the ... Read more

On “Being sane in insane places”

Rosenhan’s 1973 study was a powerful indictment of psychiatry of the early 1970s. It is a classic study relevant to discussions of ... Read more

Evolutionary explanations of jealousy

As explained by the IB Psychology Guide, evolutionary psychologists assume that if genes code for behaviour as well as physical traits, Read more

Intern blog: Internship vs student life

My first office job – how did I manage to get myself one of these? When applying for an internship, I hadn’t realised how different ... Read more

The IA in IB Psychology: Writing the analysis and evaluation sections

This is the second post in a series about writing the IA in IB Psychology. In this post, we will provide some advice about the last two Read more

The IA in IB Psychology: Writing the introduction and the exploration sections

The IA has undergone important changes in the new IB Psychology course especially in the format of your report. In this post, we will ... Read more

Intern blog: Surprising things we’ve learnt while fundraising

What does fundraising mean? What does it really involve? These are questions we asked ourselves when we decided to start fundraising ... Read more

Mental health – are you talking about it?

If you were asked the question ‘Is mental health as important as physical health?’ I am quite certain your answer would be a resounding Read more

Maths teacher shortage in light of the new IB curriculum

Mention the maths teacher shortage to school leaders in the UK or US and you won’t find many surprised faces. The recruitment and ... Read more

Only one in 10 schools use digital learning to change existing pedagogies

A key outcome of our recently published white paper on Digital Transformation in IB World Schools. The report compiles data from ... Read more

The challenges of embedding Theory of Knowledge in your school 

Pamoja has been working with International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools across the globe for almost a decade. We’ve been listening ... Read more

How ethical is animal research?

Is it ethical to inflict suffering and death on animals in the name of psychological research? Opinions on the ethics of animal ... Read more

What are “True” experiments in Psychology?

The true experiment is often thought of as a laboratory study. However, this is not always the case. A true experiment is defined as an Read more

How to solve a problem like the EdTech pioneers

Having left the classroom last year to join an EdTech business, I was keen to listen to the experiences of two EdTech entrepreneurs at ... Read more

World Teachers’ Day 2018

Friday 5th October marks World Teachers’ Day; the annual recognition of the implementation of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation ... Read more

Intern blog: Haven’t these three months gone fast

With our first three months completed here at Pamoja, we have reflected on our time so far. Meg’s time in Marketing Whilst the lovely ... Read more

Back to school: Preparing to teach an online class

The new academic year is here, and teachers all over the globe have been busy preparing their classrooms, lesson plans and assessment ... Read more

Intern blog: “Giving isn’t just about making a donation…it’s about making a difference”

Hello again, As interns we want to make an impression during our time here at Pamoja. With this in mind, we have decided to start our ... Read more

Intern blog: “It’s an orientation NOT a borientation”

Hello, welcome to our first Intern blog! This is for you to learn more about your new Pamoja Interns. I’m Amiee, the Marketing Intern ... Read more

Is technology the key to a utopian classroom?

A recent BBC programme called Secrets of Silicon Valley inspired me to reflect on the use of technology in classrooms. The episode ... Read more

Online learning: Reflecting on one year in a global classroom

My name is Radha, I am from Aruba but I currently attend The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados. I have just ... Read more

Opinion: Is technology ruining kids?

I recently came across an article by Nicole Krueger following the ISTE Conference & Expo, in which a serious paradigm shift in ... Read more

Intern blog: Final intern blog

Hi, Josh, James and Emilie here with our final blog post as Pamoja interns. This year has flown by and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that Read more

Intern blog: So much going on

Hello, hello, Emilie here with my last solo blog as a Pamoja intern. Only about one month left and then I will have completed my ... Read more

Flexible learning: Gaining skills for university and beyond

My name is Emily, and I’m originally from upstate New York, but I attended middle and high school in Yokohama, Japan. I studied at ... Read more

How are we preparing students for the age of robotics?

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Hi everyone, it’s James here writing my final solo internship blog – how has time flown by so fast?? It’s strange to think that our ... Read more

Top 5 tips for surviving (and thriving) in exam season

A lot of people leave studying for their exams to the last minute, myself included. I have yet to meet anyone that would want to sit ... Read more

Being successful in an online class

My name is Lauryn, I am a senior in high school and I currently take Mandarin ab initio with Pamoja. Mandarin is the third class ... Read more

Applying for university as a Pamoja student

It is that time of year, when many final year IB students have applied to universities or other higher education institutions and are ... Read more

Intern blog: Time is flying

Hey, Josh again back for another intern blog post. It’s been a while since my last post (three months) and I’ve been really busy. A lot Read more

International Women’s Day 2018

It’s International Women’s Day, and we decided to take the opportunity to ask the talented women of Pamoja some important questions. As Read more

Resources from the American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization based in the US. Its mission is to advance ... Read more

Increasing opportunities for learners at Sussex Academy

My name is Debbie Fees, and alongside my colleague Jen Leonard, I am the DP Co-Coordinator and Site-based Coordinator at Sussex Academy Read more

Opinion: could tech spell the end of public examinations?

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Intern blog: New year, new work

Hi, Emilie here again. Three weeks ago, I returned to work after taking a couple weeks off for Christmas and have been working in ... Read more

Motivating students as the year draws to a close

Whether you’re at the end of a calendar year or an academic year, it can be difficult maintain the energy to motivate students ... Read more

Studying Mathematics HL with a global perspective

My name is Karenna and I am a junior at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School in Rochester, New York. I take the IB Mathematics HL course Read more

Pamoja Taught courses at Lincoln Community School

My name is Frank, I teach at Lincoln Community School and I work as assistant student support – we help students out with various Read more

Intern blog: Moving around

Hey, Josh here. It’s been over a month since Emilie’s last blog post and time is flying by – it’s nearly Christmas! Since my last Read more

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Intern blog: Long time, no see

Hello, Emilie here again. It has been a while since we last posted a blog, because it has been such a busy time for Pamoja! It was ... Read more

World Teachers’ Day 2017

Teachers are fundamental. They inspire the next generation, working hard to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to ... Read more

Student tips: 6 steps to success in a Pamoja online course

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Intern blog: Time flies when you’re having fun

Hello again, Emilie here! This week is the 7th week at Pamoja for us interns and it has gone so quickly! However, at the same time, it ... Read more

Intern blog: Moving on up!

Hey everyone, James here, back again for this week’s intern blog post. I’m going to be talking about one of the most stressful and ... Read more

Social Identity Theory and Discrimination

Social identity theory was first proposed by Henri Tajfel (1971). He argued that the groups to which we belong are an important source ... Read more

Intern blog: The sensational School Services

Hi, it’s Emilie. Over the past two weeks I have been getting very involved in Customer Services. At Pamoja we call this “School ... Read more

Intern blog: Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Hey everyone, James here, and I’m going to talk you through my first week in Tech Support here at Pamoja! There’s a chance that the ... Read more

Intern blog: Eat, sleep, orientation, repeat.

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Globalisation and Intercultural Competence

Globalisation is a powerful force comprised of various dimensions including the economic, the political, the sociocultural, the ... Read more

My transfer experience: dedicated teachers and a global community

My name is Chloe and I am a Pamoja IB DP transfer student. At the beginning of my IB journey I had just moved from China to Sweden, and Read more

Closing the skills gap with collaborative learning

Why are employers reporting a skills gap between the abilities of the recently educated and the needs of their business?  This ... Read more

Individualised learning requires flexibility

Ensuring that all students fulfil their potential, acquire essential life skills, and achieve the best possible academic outcomes ... Read more

Confidence, independence and global friendships: my Pamoja experience

I started studying my Diploma Programme with Pamoja two years ago. At that time, I was not a confident student; I used to hesitate to ... Read more

Could AI replace teachers?

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to propel us into the long-imagined “future” of flying cars and virtual reality, its ... Read more

Are we doing enough to develop global citizens?

In a world confronted by multi-faceted and ever-changing problems, it is no longer enough to simply be a global citizen. Anyway, aren’t Read more

My Pamoja Scholarship helped me get into university

My name is Raghav, and I’m coming to the end of a two-year scholarship with Pamoja. I study the International Baccalaureate Diploma ... Read more

Hands-off approach to education will give children skills for the future

Every child should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. However, their futures are greatly dependent on the acquisition of ... Read more

Creative learners need creative teachers

Creativity is one of the foremost essential skills required to succeed in the 21st Century; the primary building block of innovation. ... Read more

Is technology in the classroom a waste of money? Just ask a Pamoja student…

In a recent debate at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, 18-year-old Pamoja student Munira spoke against a motion that ... Read more

How Minerva changed my view of “university”

The words “seven cities, four years” played on repeat in my head as I went to Ascent, Minerva’s admitted students weekend in San ... Read more

Technology is great, but only if you know how to use it

Technology has often been cited as a fundamental tool for education. However, when used incorrectly it can be quite the opposite. If ... Read more

Forget what you’ve heard – larger class sizes increase opportunities

It has long been argued that reducing the student-teacher ratio will improve students’ learning and subsequent levels of attainment. ... Read more

For those of you who like Biology! Some Behavioural Genetics

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An important element of your IA is stating and operationalising the IV and the DV in the null and research hypothesis. The research ... Read more

Situational factors and human behaviour – the bystander effect

An important topic of the option the Psychology of Human Relationships is Social Responsibility. Two areas of content are studied in ... Read more

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Professor Zhao, a top US-based academic, has stated that countries should ignore the international Pisa league tables – which provide a Read more

Grammar schools: the wrong debate

The debate over whether we should or should not open more grammar schools has been featured in almost every national newspaper over the Read more

The new school is an evolution not revolution

I read an article recently that suggested we need to revolutionise the education system through the creation of subject centres and hub Read more

Creativity is a weapon

Creative skills are just as important as technical ones, but there seems to be more effort being made by governments to encourage young Read more

Disgust and Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary psychologists believe that if behaviour exists in society today, then it must be a useful adaptation that has helped us ... Read more

How can we teach students not to be digitally illiterate?

The majority of students in school today are born digital or, to use an overused term, “digital natives”, who have been born into a new Read more

Critical thinking skills cannot guarantee your survival…but they will help

Employers around the world continue to find it difficult to recruit staff with the right skill set. In a survey of over 41,000 hiring ... Read more

What is the real obstacle for student achievement in developing countries?

Education leaders have argued that in deprived areas, families and members of the community are the biggest obstacle to children ... Read more

Leading IB World School providers team up

Pamoja, the sole provider of online International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) courses, has signed a unique three-year ... Read more

Generation ‘Y’ more competitive than collaborative….

Generation Y is commonly credited with introducing collaborative technologies, such as social networking, into the workplace. These ... Read more

Learning about psychological research

While philosophers ponder life’s big questions and poets play with words to convey their ideas, psychologists carry out scientific ... Read more

Google and Apple jump on the bandwagon to support an outdated notion: the ‘Classroom’

Technology is in our lives, affecting how people work, shop, socialise, connect, play, and learn. Technology has changed the way people Read more

Do we really need a league table measuring ‘global skills’?

Most of us at some stage have considered the value of league tables – either as parents, educators, or possibly even as students ... Read more

The importance of learning to learn

There has been an undeserved stigma associated with vocational learning for decades. Only now are we beginning to see value being ... Read more

False memories – false claims made?

As recently as 2014, Elizabeth Loftus wrote that as well as being easily created, false memories could also last a long time. However, ... Read more

What is modern about our ‘Modern Foreign Languages’?

Uptake in ‘Modern Foreign Languages’ has been declining year-on-year throughout the UK education system, from schools to universities, ... Read more

75 million children in need of education – what can we do?

We are living in a world where a young person’s circumstance such as wealth, gender, ethnicity and where they live still play a really ... Read more

Scheduled, to on demand – how the education sector could learn from broadcast media

Education models around the world come under fire for being outdated and irrelevant in the 21st century. Children now starting school ... Read more

Technology is not the answer, learn

Technology is now seen as a basic classroom need in today’s schools, across the globe, and educators are working to incorporate the ... Read more

Do you know about the amazing world of instructional design?

Behind awesome online education courses are equally awesome instructional designers. Instructional designers have a myriad of technical Read more

Working together to create a support network

Working amongst a team of diverse and innovative IB teachers, course designers, developers and Pamoja’s in-house support network is a ... Read more

We’re educators, too!

I have a surprising confession to make…I’m a qualified teacher!  With “so what” ringing in my ears, let me explain why this to me feels Read more

Can we help you? Yes we can!

Solving all your online course related queries is how we can help you today to impact your tomorrow. We are the School Services team, ... Read more

Collaborating with Site-based Coordinators to support students

The Site-based Coordinator (SBC) is the key link between Pamoja and the student. Acting as a supporting face-to-face mentor for online ... Read more

Writing a conclusion for your response to an ERQ

When you have worked your way through nearly an hour’s worth of writing for an ERQ in an exam, the conclusion can sometimes seem ... Read more

The unnecessary predicament of teachers who work in isolation

Dan Lortie, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Chicago, described ‘teacher isolation’ as “one of the main structural ... Read more

Writing an Extended Essay: the real lessons I learned along the way

My name is Dani, and I am an IB survivor. I have worked all night on Internal Assessments, cried in at least one exam (Higher Level ... Read more

A great teacher has the ability to ignite a passion for learning

Across the world governments, curriculum bodies, parents, teachers and school leaders spend an extensive amount of time, resources and ... Read more

Light at the end of the tunnel for education in India

As India strives to move towards developed country status the delivery of effective education becomes more urgent and the challenges ... Read more

Maths for life – is compulsory education the best solution?

Maths syllabuses and pedagogy are continuously scrutinised by governments, parents and businesses, with criticisms across the board. ... Read more

The rise and rise of an international education

The term ‘International schools’ has traditionally referred to schools that provide children of expatriate families (often living ... Read more

Maintaining quality education in a recruitment crisis

Schools across the Western world are struggling to find and retain qualified and experienced teachers; last year there were nearly ... Read more

Response to UK Government announcements on education

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced in the budget that all schools in the UK will become academies, or will be in the ... Read more

Addressing education access and quality in developing nations

The global population of young people (aged 10-24 years) totals some 1.8 billion and continues to grow, yet the vast majority of these ... Read more

Learn Chinese, double your world!

汉语桥 - 学会中国话,朋友遍天下 My name is Santiago, I attend high school in Argentina, and I am a Pamoja 2015-2016 November session student, part of Read more

Supporting online learning

The opportunity to study International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme subjects online has been available to students around the world ... Read more

War of the ghosts

Frederic Bartlett was a British psychologist who specialised in experimental psychology at the University of Cambridge. He is most ... Read more

Cognitive Impacts of Social Media and Digital Devices

Interesting research exists about the impacts social media has on attention and emotions. Regarding attention, the research tends to ... Read more

Do your genes determine your entire life?

One might believe, after studying the correlational studies of Bouchard et al (1990), that most of our behaviour is genetically ... Read more

Your mood swings may give you an evolutionary advantage

Hmmm really? Let us do some critical thinking here.  You are studying evolutionary psychology and the claims that many human behaviours Read more

Mindfulness and performance

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to one thing at a time, to be present in one moment at a time. This ... Read more

Education and technology

As online Psychology students, you will continuously be engaging with technology to support your learning in this course. Doubtless, ... Read more

Suitable Studies to Investigate Psychological Theories and Models

The IA in IB Psychology provides you with the opportunity to investigate a psychology theory or model of human behaviour. As well as ... Read more

Reciprocal Altruism

Prosocial behaviour is behaviour that is of benefit to another person (or persons). Wispe (1972) defined prosocial behaviour as a ... Read more

Why we love

The study of human relationships has an incredibly long history and prior to the birth of modern psychology as we know it today, many ... Read more

The Memory Wars Revisited

As many of you now know, Elizabeth Loftus is one of the most famous psychologists in the world. If you remember her work on eyewitness ... Read more

CBT and the treatment of depression

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is the most common psychological treatment for MDD. It emerged from Beck’s theory as to the causes of ... Read more

Tajfel and Social Identity Theory

Social identity theory was first proposed by Henri Tajfel (1971). He argued that the groups to which we belong are an important source ... Read more

HM’s Brain

Born in 1926, Henry Molaison had been hit by a cyclist when he was seven and from the age of 10 then started to have epileptic seizures Read more

The Malleability and Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

In a provocative article, John Wixted and Laura Mickes argue that eyewitness memory is a lot more reliable than previously considered. ... Read more


Research has indicated that the genes in our DNA are not all active at the same time and can in fact be ‘silenced’ or ‘de-silenced’, ... Read more

Gender considerations

Gender considerations are an important element of IB Psychology. As the authors of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, Lilienfeld, ... Read more

Neuroplasticity and Poverty

One of the more fascinating topics from the Biological Approach is neuroplasticity. The IB Psychology Guide states that the development Read more

Brain imaging technology

The Biological and the Cognitive Approaches employ technology like brain scanning to understand the brain and behaviour. This ... Read more


This article from Psychology Today, Plastic Is Fantastic . . . for Your Brain explores the topic of neuroplasticity, a topic from the ... Read more

Effective Online Group Work

Working on a group project with your classmates at Pamoja is challenging. In this post, the characteristics of effective groups will be Read more

If it weren’t for the last minute, I would never get anything done

The advent of the internet has provided the means by which experts and non-experts can share their thoughts and opinions on a wide ... Read more

The accuracy of eye witness testimony

The groundbreaking work of Loftus and Palmer (1974) first challenged the idea that our memories are an accurate record of events.  ... Read more

How focused are you?

How digital technology affects cognitive processes and human interaction is a controversial topic. Both positive and negative effects ... Read more

Depression and social isolation

Psychologists taking a sociocultural approach focus on the role played by social and cultural factors in the development of depression. Read more

Links to psychology resources

Find below a list of valuable internet sites on psychology: Psychology Today Psychology Today Blogs BPS Research Digest Simply ... Read more

In and out-groups

Though the Sociocultural Approach relies heavily on qualitative methods, experiments are also used, and Tajfel’s (1971) study ... Read more

Techniques to study the brain

The development of advanced modern technology has allowed researchers to build a more accurate understanding of how our brains work. ... Read more

Misconceptions about the reliability of memory

This blog post from Scientific American, 4 Things Most People Get Wrong About Memory, gives a good summary of the misconceptions most ... Read more

Quiet: The Power of Introverts

A recently published book by Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, raises some ... Read more

SAQ Writing: Using one example, explain the effects of neurotransmitters on one human behaviour

Writing in response to Short Answer Questions is challenging. Not only do you have to understand the content, but you also have to meet Read more

Kitty Genovese and the Bystander Effect

The famous Darley and Latané (1968) study of the bystander effect is an important study in understanding human relationships. To ... Read more

A Learning Mindset

Professor Chew’s presentation on how learning occurs, and what can be done to facilitate your own, can be found here.  The information ... Read more

Brain Pickings: Outstanding Psychology Blog

Brain Pickings present a wide range of posts on psychology. Its founder, Maria Popova, likens her blog to a Lego treasure chest: Brain ... Read more

Our Relationship with Technology

This provocative Ted Talks asks the question: As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle ... Read more

Unpacking an ERQ

General Advice The challenge of the ERQ compared to the SAQ is that you have to write a much longer essay, so the structure is crucial. Read more

Original Reports of Research Studies

While philosophers ponder life’s big questions and poets play with words to convey their ideas, psychologists carry out scientific ... Read more

Psychology and Cinematography

Psychology explores human behaviour, an endeavour the discipline share with film makers. Screenwriters and directors often delve into ... Read more

Howarth (2002) and an Historical Perspective

Social identity theory was first proposed by Henri Tajfel (1971). He argued that the groups to which we belong are an important source ... Read more

To what extent are we shaped by unconscious biological processes?

The development of advanced modern technology has allowed researchers to build a more accurate understanding of how our brains work but Read more

Social Cognitive Theory: Bandura and the Bobo Doll

Social cognitive theory suggests behaviour is modelled by other members of a group and acquired through observation or imitation based ... Read more

Reliability of Cognitive Processes and Biases: Illusory Correlations

While our species name, Homo sapiens, implies we are “wise”, we are not always rational thinkers. As your study of the Cognitive ... Read more


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