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Junior Cycle Geography

JC Geography Journey

The study of geography empowers the student to explore and understand the world around them. Engagement with the subject promotes a deep understanding of people and place. Students develop the skills to read their environment, enabling them to interpret the physical landscape, observe climatic events with an informed eye and discuss world events in a knowledgeable manner. Learning in geography supports students in making informed decisions, giving the ability to make valuable contributions to the economic, social, and cultural life of their communities, localities and countries. Through the study of geography, people are encouraged to appreciate the processes that shape their world and view global issues as ethical citizens. Geography provides a platform to analyse world events, empowering young people as informed, active citizens.

Studying geography enhances students’ ability to engage with issues such as sustainable development, economic systems, hazard management and climate change. The topics experienced help develop students’ awareness and understanding of cultural variations fostering a respect of difference. Students are growing up in a globalised, dynamic world. Geography provides a medium to explore current events in our world. Students viewing events through a geographical lens are well placed to be part of a generation which can deal effectively with and mitigate global challenges, and can rise to related opportunities. The skills developed through the subject are transferrable and will benefit students in study and life. Geography encourages structured inquiry: this critical thinking involves students asking questions, gathering data, evaluating and interpreting, and presenting information. It encourages collaboration and communication with their peers and experts in other fields.

Strand 1: Exploring the Physical World

This strand focuses on facilitating students’ exploration of how the physical world is formed and changed. Students develop knowledge and skills to understand and explain the physical world. Students engage and interact with topics related to physical geography and explore their interrelationships and any implications those topics might have on students’ lives. They apply their knowledge and skills to explain spatial characteristics and the formation of phenomena in the physical world.

Strand 2: Exploring How We Interact with the Physical World

This strand focuses on facilitating students’ understanding of how people interact with the physical world and the implications this might have for their lives. Students explore how we depend on, adapt, and change the physical world. Students apply their knowledge and skills to explain how we interact with our physical world for economic purposes, as well as how we adapt to physical phenomena.

Strand 3: Exploring People, Place and Change

This strand focuses on students exploring people, place and change. Students engage with topics related to globalisation, development, population and interdependence. Students interact with topics while exploring interrelationships and the implications those topics might have for their lives. They apply their knowledge and skills to explain settlement patterns, urbanisation, demographics, and human development.

CBA 1: Geography in the News

·         Structured inquiry through a response to a recent geographical event(s) Reports which may be presented               in a wide range of formats.

·         At the end of a three-week period students will report on their inquiry, based on a recent media source,                  relating to a geographical event

·         Completed during the second term of second year.

CBA 2: My Geography

·         Structured inquiry into a geographical aspect(s) in a local area.

·         Reports which may be presented in a wide range of formats Students will, over a three-week period,                       investigate geographical aspects in a local area.

·         Completed in first term of first year.

Final Examination

·         There will be one examination paper at a common level, set and marked by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). The examination will be no longer than two hours in duration and will take place in June of third year. In any year, the learning outcomes to be assessed will constitute a sample of the relevant                         outcomes from the tables of learning outcomes.

Assessment Task:

·         The Assessment Task is a written task completed by students during class time. It is not marked by the class teacher, but is sent to the State Examinations Commission (SEC) for marking as part of the state certified examination in Geography. The Assessment Task is specified by the NCCA and is related to the                  learning on which the second Classroom-Based Assessment is based. In the case of Geography, this will be My Geography.