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Achievement objective 6-1: Approaches

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • gain theoretical knowledge of different approaches to understand why people behave the way they do in society.

Approaches include:

  • the psychodynamic approach
  • the humanist approach
  • the cognitive approach
  • the biological approach
  • the behaviourist approach
  • the sociocultural approach
  • the evolutionary approach.

Possible contexts

Possible contexts include the following:

  • Why is gambling so addictive?
  • How important is the past for understanding current behaviour?
  • Is a person’s behaviour dictated by their genes or the environment?
  • How do people learn?

Assessment for qualifications

Learning in relation to this objective can be assessed using psychology achievement standards or relevant achievement standards from other subjects or learning areas. The standards selected should connect with a holistic learning programme that meets the needs of your students. Possible standards include:

  • 91839 Psychology – Demonstrate understanding of psychological approaches
  • 91840 Psychology – Demonstrate understanding of a psychological debate

Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the achievement standards by going to the NZQA website.

Last updated November 16, 2017