Positive spin-off expected in classes
JC Technical Graphics
THE way students were challenged to apply their knowledge on the Junior Certificate Technical Graphics papers will have a positive spin-off in the classroom, said teacher John O'Sullivan.
The ASTI subject representative said the design of questions would enable teachers to teach the subject in an applied manner in a modern context.
Mr O'Sullivan, of CBS, Mountgarret, New Ross, Co Wexford, said both higher and ordinary level papers were "very fair. The "stand-out" feature was the "highly commendable way students were challenged to apply their knowledge and understanding of the underlying geometric principles to a variety of everyday settings".
These included a drinks machine at higher level and a golf-putting aid in the corresponding question at ordinary level.
He said the higher level short-answer questions exemplified how the exam could be used to complement the efforts of teachers to provide diverse learning opportunities to students.
Micheal Martin of the Teachers' Union of Ireland described both papers as balanced and fair. The Ballybay Community College, Co Cavan, teacher thought section B, question 6 , ordinary level, was a good challenge. At higher level he said quite bit of detail was required for section B, questions 1 and 3.