Institute of Education Study Notes

Friday, 22nd February, 2019

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History (H): Choice of questions not as generous as recent years

Reaction to Leaving Certificate 2018 History (H) by Sean Delap, History teacher at The Institute of Education.

Quite a challenging Higher Level paper.

There were not many questions based on the case studies- this was especially true in relation to the options on Nation States and International Tensions and Dictatorship and Democracy.

The choice of mainline topics was not as generous as recent years, especially in Dictatorship and Democracy.

There was however at least one nice question in each section which should suit any student that prepared well for the exam.

The questions on the Document Study on RTE were fairly straightforward.

The Ordinary Level paper was more straightforward.

There were plenty of questions based on the case studies and nice questions on the RTE Document study.

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Sean Delap

About Sean Delap

A UCD graduate in History and Irish, Séan has been teaching History at The Institute of Education since 1990. He has participated in a number of radio and television documentaries, most recently on the television series Éalú produced for TG4. Séan gives talks regularly on behalf of the History Teachers Association of Ireland to students and teachers and has lectured at conferences on the methodology of teaching both Leaving and Junior Certificate History as well as teaching History through Irish. He is the author of Leaving and Junior Certificate textbooks: Nation States and International Relations 1871- 1920: Dictatorship and Democracy 1920- 1945; Division and Realignment in Europe, 1945- 1992 and European Retreat from Empire and the Aftermath, 1945- 1990. He is also the co-author of Junior Certificate textbook Uncovering History.

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