Friday 23 February 2018

Leaving Cert Geography: 'An interesting paper that benefited students with an interest in current affairs'

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

An interesting paper with a good choice of questions that fairly tested the skills and base knowledge of students, was how teacher Michael Doran described Leaving Certificate higher level Geography.

"The lesson to students is that they must not limit themselves to the textbooks when they are studying this subject," said Mr Doran, of the Institute of Education, Dublin.

In Physical Geography, he said students would have been very relieved to see popular topics such as land-form developments and human interaction with surface processes appear . River rejuvenation appeared as a picture question and Mr Doran said it has featured so many times in recent years “students can’t afford to ignore it”.

In Regional Geography, he said well prepared students would have been well able to cope with the questions, one of which dealt with the social and economic challenges facing the European Union, which was “was nice and topical.”.

Mr Doran said both the economic and human electives had a good choice of questions, including a “very interesting” one on the religious and ethnic issues arising from migration. 

“This was a great question, which proves that geography is an everyday subject that is living all around us.”

He said it was an example of how taking an interest in current affairs and the world around them will put students at an advantage in this exam.

In the Options section, Mr Doran said students would have been extremely relieved to see the Biome question appear in the popular Geoecology section.

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