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Business Studies is being changed as part of the overall reform of Junior Cycle, which began with English in September 2014. Business Studies and Science will be implemented this September. The current Business Studies syllabus was introduced in 1989 (27 years old). 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.
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.
The new course is very much a student centred approach and the content is divided into three Strands:
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:
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.
Research and discovery and learning by doing is encouraged.
Self-assessment is also encouraged.
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:
Students will be externally assessed by the State Examination Commission (SEC) in third year through:
More information about this is supplied in documentation available on curriculumonline.ie.
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
Become familiar with the specification.
Review the Get Started! teaching package.