Education

Monday 28 July 2014

Students are forced to think outside box

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Published 06/06/2014|02:30

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Students of Malahide community college (from left) Simon Prior, Conor Kilbride and Dylan Doyle after finishing their Engineering higher level Leaving Cert exam.
Students of Malahide community college (from left) Simon Prior, Conor Kilbride and Dylan Doyle after finishing their Engineering higher level Leaving Cert exam.

THE higher-level paper was challenging, but not unfair, according to one teacher.

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Eamon Dennehy of Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Laois, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said it was not a paper where a student could have relied on rote learning to get through.

"Higher-order thinking was required and candidates had to apply their knowledge to everyday situations... It was more about gauging understanding than rote learning," he said.

Mr Dennehy said this was a growing trend in this paper and one that he welcomed.

He described the ordinary-level paper as student friendly, and one that "sought to gauge what the student knew rather than trying to catch them out on what they didn't".

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