Thursday 29 June 2017

Higher-level students get confused by question phrasing

The second maths papers, at both levels, were met with optimism
The second maths papers, at both levels, were met with optimism

The second maths papers, at both higher and ordinary levels, went down well.

Tony McGennis, of St Laurence's College, Dublin, and the ASTI, said students at both levels were "generally quite pleased".

He noted similarities between papers, which he said reflected the way the higher level and ordinary level syllabi were merging, and the emphasis on pair work in Project Maths.

In the higher level question about the diameter of a circle, he said some students mentioned an issue with phrasing. They were asked to "state one result" that showed that "Gavin was correct," where it would have been more straightforward to ask them to "explain" why Gavin is correct.

Emily Dwyer, from Adamstown Community College, Dublin and the TUI, cited a student who described higher level as "a nice paper".

She said ordinary level was "student-friendly, straightforward and well written". While Q10, on area and volume, asked students to find a measurement instead of giving it to them, well-prepared students would have managed.

Mr McGennis thought the ordinary level question on the right angle triangle stood out for "almost prodding students to give the right answer".

Irish Independent

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