Wide choice with a few surprises
A CHALLENGING paper at higher level, however students were given a wide range of choices – albeit with surprises.
Eyebrows were raised at the inclusion of findings from the 2007 SLAN food pyramid in section B as students had studied the new pyramid compiled by the Food Safety Authority.
Maura McCaul, an ASTI home economics teacher from Loreto College in St Stephen's Green in Dublin, said the inclusion of the old pyramid was "somewhat unexpected", however students enjoyed topical questions in section A such as household budgeting and the role of the Consumers' Association of Ireland.
"Overall it was a demanding and challenging paper time wise...but it was also fair and covered a wide range of topics," she added.
Kate Hehir, a TUI teacher from St Michael's Community College in Kilmihil, Co Clare, said her students were very happy with the paper overall. She said the elective 1 question on home design and management was well-worded and straightforward.
"They had a choice between (b) and (c) and these were nice topics covering energy efficient lighting or flooring."
Meanwhile the ordinary level paper was well received by many students.
Section A included a host of timely questions covering deficiency diseases, coronary heart disease and health insurance. "In section B there was a very topical question asking students to give an exploration of the blended family," said Ms McCaul.