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Examples of Responses to Questions in the 2011 Examinations
In keeping with our drive here at CXC to enhance the support provided to candidates who are preparing to write our examinations, we are displaying on our website exemplars of candidates’ responses to examination questions. These are authentic, unedited responses. They are presented in the candidates’ own handwriting, accompanied by comments from the Examination Committee that indicate the Committee’s judgement of the quality of the responses and the justification for arriving at that judgement.
This is a pilot effort, covering only selected subjects. We at CXC welcome your feedback on how useful you find this information to be and, in particular, how we can improve on the provision of such information. Your comments will contribute to the future expansion and refinement of this material.
The CSEC Integrated Science Syllabus is based on three themes, The Organism and Its Environment, The Home and Workplace, and Earth’s Place in the Universe which adequately reflect the common areas of human activity and experience. These themes form the unifying points of the syllabus which should, therefore, be seen as a coherent unit.
The syllabus is redesigned with a greater emphasis on the integration and application of scientific concepts and principles. Such an approach is adopted to develop those long-term transferable skills of ethical conduct, team work, problem-solving, critical thinking, and innovation and communication. It encourages the use of various teaching and learning strategies to inculcate these skills that will prove useful in everyday life, while at the same time catering to multiple intelligence and different learning styles and needs.
The syllabus is arranged in three sections sub-divided into specific objectives, corresponding explanatory notes and suggested practical activities.