Sunday 10 December 2017

LC ENGINEERING: Not a paper students could rely on rote learning for

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Challenging, but not unfair, was how one teacher summed up the Leaving Certificate Engineering Higher Level paper.

Eamon Dennehy of Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Laois and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said it was not a paper where a student could have relied on rote learning to get through.

“Higher order thinking was required  and candidates had to apply their knowledge to everyday situations.. It was more about gauging understanding than rote learning”, he said.

Mr Dennehy said this was a growing trend in this paper and one that he welcomed.  He said students he met afterwards “seemed happy enough”.

He described the ordinary level paper as student friendly, that “sought to gauge what the student knew rather than trying to catch them out on  what they didn’t”.

Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor

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