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Junior cycle business studies faq's

Answered by the Get Started! author Matt Hynes 

Why is the course changing?

What are the main differences between the old and new specification?

What is the new course all about?

I understand there is more emphasis placed on certain topics. What are they?

There is also an emphasis on literacy, numeracy. How is this implemented?

How is active learning incorporated into the new course?

How is assessment changing?

What supports are available to teachers for teaching this new course?

What do teachers need to do to prepare for September?

 

Why is the course changing?

Business Studies is being changed as part of the overall reform of Junior Cycle. The old course was created in 1989. Business Studies is a very topical subject, so this is a timely change from both a content and curriculum perspective. Further information is available in the curriculum specification document for Junior Cycle Business Studies.

 

What are the main differences between the old and new specification? 

The main change in the specifications is going from a content driven approach to a student centred approach.

Technology is intended to play a bigger role.

Sustainability and our relationship with the environment will be prominent. 

Pair and group working and learning is encouraged.

The course is a common level course.

It is also more integrated than the old specification.

 

What is the new course all about?

The new course is very much a student centred approach and the content is divided into three Strands: 

  1. Personal Finance
  2. Enterprise
  3. Our Economy

 

I understand there is more emphasis placed on certain topics. What are they?

Economics

Technology

Not-for-profit organisations

Sustainability

Globalisation

 

There is also an emphasis on literacy, numeracy. How is this implemented?

Being literate and being numerate are important components of the overall Junior Cycle, not just Business Studies. In the Get Started! teaching package the use of Key terms and Jargon busters will help increase literacy levels of students. The use of ‘Do the Maths’ questions will help develop numeracy skills. In the Student Activity Book, literacy and numeracy is further supported.

Other important skills relating to the Junior Cycle Framework, include:

  • Communicating
  • Working with others
  • Managing myself
  • Being creative
  • Managing information and thinking
  • Staying well

Development of these Junior Cycle skills is supported in the Get Started programme through a range of questions and suggested activities in the textbook, Student Activity Book and Teacher’s Resource Book.

 

How is active learning incorporated into the new course?

Research and discovery and learning by doing is encouraged.

Self-assessment is also encouraged.

 

How is assessment changing?

There is an emphasis on assessment as part of the learning experience, as well as assessment as a means of checking knowledge.

For Junior Cycle Business Studies, it is planned that there will be two classroom-based assessments (CBAs), which will be assessed in school:

  • A Business in Action group project (end of second year)
  • A presentation (end of first term, third year)

Students will be externally assessed by the State Examination Commission (SEC) in third year through:

  • A final exam (90%)
  • An assessment task completed in class during third year (10%)

More information about this is supplied in documentation available on curriculumonline.ie.

 

What supports are available to teachers for teaching this new course?

In-service provided by the JC implementation group.

Membership of the BSTAI where teachers can meet up and seek common ways etc.

The NCCA website

The Get Started! Teachers Resource Book

 

What can teachers do to prepare for September?

Become familiar with the specification.

Review the Get Started! teaching package.

 

 

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