Monday 11 December 2017

'Unusual slant' on persecution question causes some suffering

JC Religious Education

Grainne Cunningham

A QUESTION about religious persecution may have caused some suffering on a paper that was quite challenging, according to teacher Jane Craig-Elliott.

"It was an unusual slant," said Ms Craig-Elliott of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), who teaches at St Patrick's College, Cavan.

Overall, the paper would probably have challenged the weaker pupils, she said.

The higher-level paper also required candidates to write about stewardship, or ownership of the world and responsibility for taking care of it.

However, Ms Craig-Elliott said stewardship was a regular topic on the paper and students who covered past papers should not have been thrown by it.

Another question, which invited pupils to discuss ways of promoting dialogue between different major world religions in Ireland, might have provoked answers on ecumenism, she said. Instead, the examiner was looking for a discussion of interface dialogue, which brighter pupils would have spotted.

Ms Craig Elliott said the ordinary-level paper was fine. "It was fairly predictable," she said.

Irish Independent

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