This Psychology Factsheet provides guidance as to how to describe and evaluate the debate, ‘psychology as a science’ to satisfy the criteria set out by the exam boards. Words in bold are explained in the glossary and the worksheet provides an opportunity to practice what you have learned with exam-style questions.

The examiner expects you to be able to:
1. Demonstrate that you understand what ‘science’ means with direct application to psychological research.
2. Describe the key aspects of psychology as a science with the use of relevant research.
3. Evaluate the idea that psychology is a science by considering the strengths and limitations of using relevant research.
4. Argue for both sides of the debate that psychology is a science.

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January 2020


ISSN: 1351-5136

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