Comment/ analysis on Home Economics (Higher Level) from Sandra Cleary, Home Economics teacher at The Institute of Education.
For such a content heavy course this was a very fair, factual paper with no surprises. Topics that appeared such as homelessness, housing, poverty and gender are all very current and relevant and show that this is a paper that is keeping up with the times.
A nice, broad selection of questions that were clearly phrased, and had no ambiguities.
Students who had studied bio-chemistry and put effort in to learning complex bio-chemistry diagrams might have been disappointed that this topic didn’t come up.
Question 2: Fish and Vitamin D
Both these topics have not featured on the paper for a number of years (Fish, 2010) and (Vitamin D, 2004), so students would not have been surprised to see them making an appearance this year.
Question3- Freezing and Packaging
A straightforward, accessible question that students would have found very manageable.
Question 4- Consumer Studies
A nice topical question that asked students to discuss how shopping patterns have changed over the past 10 years. Merchandising techniques and consumer protection also appeared.
Question 5: The Family
Nice, topical questions on the challenges experienced by parents of a child with special needs, and how changing socio-economic conditions affect contemporary families.
Housing, which is a massive issue and very topical, came up in Part 1 (a). Students were asked to discuss factors that influence location and style when building a house and the procedures for securing planning permission. Specific housing requirements for people with disability and homeless people also appeared.
The relevant and timely topic of poverty came up in Part 3 (a). Students were asked to discuss the social and economic reasons why poverty continues to exist in today’s society.