Tuesday 21 October 2014

Leaving Cert Geography: approachable, topical, fair

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

Published 06/06/2014 | 13:32

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AN approachable, topical and fair paper, with which a well prepared student would have had little difficulty, is how one teacher described the Leaving Certificate Geography Higher Level paper.

Michael Doran of the Institute of Education said students would have been happy that many of the main topics were asked.

“As with last year’s paper, it succeeded in relating the Geography course to the everyday world, with issues such as inflation, unemployment, renewable energy, multi national companies and the European Union all making an appearance on the paper”” he said

Mr Doran said in Physical Geography most students would have found the choice of questions fair, although in Question 2 they may have been surprised to have to answer on two landforms in the one question.

He described Question 3 as “more challenging”, although he said there were other good options to take.

Mr Doran thought the mix of questions in Regional Geography this year might have proved difficult for some students as there were some variations on standard questions. “However, the skills questions would have helped them gain a good foothold”, he said.

Students were treated to a number of “nice topical issues “in the electives, such as EU and multinational companies, together, in the Economic Elective.

However, in the Human Elective, Mr Doran said the Central Place Theory question may have been a difficult topic for a lot of students, although the skills questions would have helped students with this section.

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