Sunday 18 February 2018

Leaving Cert 2012: Religious Education paper a shift in style, on reflection

THE Leaving Certificate Religious Education Higher Level paper was another in this year’s exams where students had to show more of their thinking skills

The shift in style, away from questions where candidates merely had to regurgitate facts, was evident in papers at both leaving and junior cert levels .

Aisling Flood of the ASTI and St Joseph’s Secondary School, Newfoundwell, Drogheda, Co Louth gave an example from Section B on Christianity, where students were required to do a bit more self-reflection. Part of the question asked them to outline their undertstanding of Jesus that could be found in either art, film or music.

She said that overall, candidates, were quite happy with the paper, which was “fairly student friendly” in most sections.

Students particularly liked having a choice of questions from which to select in Section A, and they would like that to apply to all other sections of the paper, he said.

Ms Flood welcomed the more natural flow between the concepts students cover at Junior Cert level and Leaving Certificate now being seen

However, she said students found the question on moral decision making in Section D challenging.

They also considered the language in the Religion and Gender question off-putting. They were asked to “discuss the way in which either a feminist theology or a feminist spirituality” had contributed to the participation of women” in a world religion

“They were not quite sure of what they were being asked,” she said.

*Don’t miss tomorrow’s print edition of the Irish Independent for exclusive in-depth analysis of today’s Leaving Cert and Junior Cert papers

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