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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Testing, topical and fair

LC/JC Geography

Published 07/06/2014 | 02:30

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Maths and Geography were on the menu today
Maths and Geography were on the menu today

SOME testing questions, but, overall, candidates should have had little difficulty, was the view of teachers on the Leaving Certificate higher level paper.

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Marie Kelly of Firhouse Community College, Co Dublin, and the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) said it was "a bit disappointing" that students had to provide more examples than usual in the physical and regional geography sections.

Michael Doran of the Institute of Education in Dublin said while in physical geography most students would have found the choices fair, 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 "there were other good options".

Mr Doran thought the mix in regional geography might have proved difficult for some as there were some variations on standard questions.

"However, the skills questions would have helped them gain a good foothold," he said.

Overall, Mr Doran regarded it an "approachable, topical and fair paper" and said students would be happy that many of the main topics were asked.

"As with last year, it succeeded in relating the geography course to the everyday world, with issues such as inflation, unemployment, renewable energy, multinational companies and the European Union all making an appearance," he said.

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.

Ms Kelly described the ordinary level paper as "very fair" as was the case for both Junior Cert papers, she said.

Irish Independent

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