Wednesday 13 December 2017

Leaving Cert Home Economics paper was 'straightforward but not predictable', says teacher

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

While the questions asked were clear and straight-forward, the Leaving Cert higher level Home Economics paper was not predictable, according to teacher Sandra Cleary.

She said “small areas of the course were given quite a lot of weighting, and students who were relying on specific topics to appear may be disappointed.

“Students who left nothing to chance and covered the course in its entirety, will do very well in this exam.”

Ms Cleary, of the Institute of Education, Dublin  said while the  short questions, were not too challenging, they related to topics that students may not have been expecting.

The compulsory Question 1 was topical and straight-forward and while Question 2 was also straightforward the topic ‘cheese’ had not been asked before, she said.

Ms Cleary said come students may have been caught out by the  ‘taste’ experience and sensory analysis testing, a very small part of the course, but with a whole question devoted to it.

The topical  issue of  housing was a theme on the paper, and, to her surprise marriage also appeared, as it had two years ago.

Social housing provision, unemployment, employment and work all appeared in Electives 1 & 3 and Ms Cleary said  “reliance on Home Economics textbooks would not have helped here and students would need to be very tuned to current affairs and recent commentary on these issues."

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