Saturday 25 October 2014

Type of questions surprises students and teachers

LC Biology: Higher and Ordinary

Published 11/06/2014 | 02:30

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THE absence of the core topics of photosynthesis and human reproduction on the paper was a surprise, according to a teacher Corinna Mahoney, of Yeats College, Galway.

Generally, she thought the paper manageable, with some "tricky parts".

Ciara O'Shea of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and St Attracta's Community School, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, said sections A and C received a mixed reaction from her students, but they were unanimous in liking the Section B experiments.

While all her students did not agree, she thought Section A – the short questions – should have eased candidates in and a new style 'true or false' question wouldn't have caused many problems.

Topical issues in Section C included DNA profiling of beef and horse meat, and Alzheimer's disease

Ms Mahoney thought it surprising that a question on the myxoma virus, responsible for myxomatosis in rabbits, which was examined in 2008, featured again. Mona Murray, biology teacher at The Institute of Education, Dublin, described it as a "well-balanced paper that required a good depth of knowledge".

She said a clear and accurate knowledge of the biology syllabus would have been required, but well-prepared students would have been well-rewarded.

Irish Independent

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