Thursday 22 August 2019

'Cross-curricular format' adds up for those with maths and history skills


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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Junior Cert Geography students, at both levels, faced exam papers that were "very much cross-curricular in format" overlapping with both history and maths, noted ASTI subject representatives Margaret Fitzpatrick and John Byrne, of Hamilton High School, Bandon, Cork.

In both exams, students had to interpret diagrams, pie charts and tables.

The teachers agreed that candidates, at both levels, should have been happy.

They referred to a higher level question linking the possible location of an industry to the ordnance survey map, describing it as novel, but one that should be very manageable for students, using their transferable skills.

The ASTI representatives said the ordinary level paper was not overly case study-specific, which was advantageous for students.

TUI subject representative Laura O'Sullivan said if higher level students had revised, "it should have gone well for them".

Ms O'Sullivan, who teaches in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí, Bantry, Co Cork, said there were no surprises and the paper treated candidates to a range of familiar questions.

She said the ordinary level paper was equally fair, and it was "very nicely scaffolded" with lots of images to help the students.

Irish Independent

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