What is the most effective way of teaching the topic of Addiction?

Addiction can seem at times an impossibility complex issue – which multiple views both on the cause and the cure in almost every case.

As a result any approach to teaching the topic needs to include analyses of the models of addictive behaviour, issues of vulnerability to addiction, as well as models of reducing addiction.

All in all there seems so much that is up for debate, and it is this that makes teaching Addiction at A2 in the AQA Psychology course all the more difficult.

Thus it is that in response to this complexity, we have produced the download “Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” download.

The approach here is to take each of the five major topics that inform any debate on Addiction and explore each one through a wide range of practical examples.

In addition there are activities and worksheets to use in class to help aid application and evaluation skills.

We start with models of addictive behaviour, covering the biological approach, cognitive approach, and behaviour explanations, before moving on to the risk factors and the media influence relating to vulnerability to addiction.

Next we turn to issues relating to the reduction of addictive behaviour both through intervention and prevention, before the download concludes with revisions materials nad guidance.

The download runs to 62 page of A4 and includes grading guidance for the topic based on examiners’ reports, mark schemes and teacher experiences in the form of success criteria for each activity.

is only available as a download – not as a printed book.

There are sample pages at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/authordownloadsamples/T1823samples.pdf

“Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” is published as a download so that you can receive immediately a copy onto your computer which you can print out for colleagues as often as you want. You can also put it on your school learning platform so all staff can access the document – and indeed you can make it part of the induction documentation for new members of staff.

You can obtain “Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” by going to http://shop.firstandbest.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=76_126&products_id=791

The price is £15 plus VAT (the VAT can be reclaimed in most cases by the school).

“Resources for Teaching A2 AQA (A) Addiction” is published by First and Best in Education, part of the Hamilton House group. If you have any enquiries you can call 01536 399 011, or email sales@firstandbest.co.uk or write to us at First and Best, Hamilton House, Earlstrees Ct., Earlstrees Rd., Corby, Northants NN17 4HH.

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