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LC Construction Studies: Familiar questions cropped up in 'fair' papers

Published 13/06/2015 | 02:30

Mr Fitzpatrick - of Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin and the Teachers' Union of Ireland - said, overall, both papers were fair
Mr Fitzpatrick - of Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin and the Teachers' Union of Ireland - said, overall, both papers were fair

Students of Leaving Certificate Construction Studies who had kept an eye on papers of recent years would have been well served, according to teacher Dara Fitzpatrick.

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Mr Fitzpatrick - of Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin and the Teachers' Union of Ireland - said, overall, both papers were fair.

At higher level, he noted that seven of the 10 questions were asked in various shapes over the past four years.

Mr Fitzpatrick said the technical content of the paper was very up to date, which reflected the recent changes to the building regulations.

However, he said three distinct wall types were examined, which may have caused some confusion to some students.

The concept of sustainable building practices and reducing energy consumption were very much the theme of the paper, which featured an extract from a book by TV architect Dermot Bannon. That occurred in a question on how advances in glazing technology have led to increased use of glass in house design.

At ordinary level, Mr Fitzpatrick said that six out of the nine questions had been examined in the past four years. He said for the fourth time in six years question seven examined rainwater harvesting, which he regards as "a very valid topic given the water charges issue".

Mr Fitzpatrick thought question four, on selecting the location for a house, was "an unusual question with a certain rural bias" and he was not sure how city children would have responded to it.

Irish Independent

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