Is it all memory recall? An empirical investigation of intellectual skill requirements in Leaving Certificate examination papers in Ireland

Denise Burns, Ann Devitt, Gerry McNamara, Joe O’Hara, Martin Brown
  • Irish Educational Studies, June 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2018.1484300

An investigation of intellectual skills implicit in the Leaving Certificate written examinations

What is it about?

This article is about the intellectual skills that are required to complete the tasks in the examination papers of the Leaving Certificate in Ireland.

Why is it important?

This article is important because it provides evidence for the oft-quoted anecdotal belief that the Leaving Certificate is "all rote learning and memory recall." It is the most comprehensive analysis of the Leaving Certificate assessment to date.


Denise Burns (Author)
Dublin City University

The article is a valuable summary of the methodology and findings of the research study. It is timely as there is currently a review of the Leaving Certificate.

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