Tuesday 23 January 2018

Leaving Cert Engineering – 'student friendly' papers

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

LEAVING Certificate Engineering students, at both higher and ordinary levels, should have been happy with their papers, according to teachers.

Higher Level candidates had think and put concepts into context, but there was plenty of guidance, said Eamon Dennehy of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI).

Students with a good interest in, and knowledge of engineering  would have been in a position to pick up extra marks, said Mr Dennehy, a teacher at  Heywood Community School, Ballinakill Co Laois .

He praised the cues, both visual and textual, which, he said were very supportive.

One example of the “friendly” nature of the paper, was Q 3 relating to the effect of heat treatment on medium-carbon steel screwdrivers. Students were guided through two possible options before being asked to outline the most effective way of doing it.

The Ordinary Level  paper was along the lines of previous years and students had very good choice , he said.

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