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Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

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Engineering and Key Skills

In addition to their specific content and knowledge, the subjects and short courses of junior cycle provide students with opportunities to develop a range of key skills. There are opportunities to support all key skills in this course, but some are particularly significant. The examples below identify some of the elements that are related to learning activities in Engineering. Teachers can also build many of the other elements of particular key skills into their classroom planning. The eight key skills are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle.

Key skills Key skill elements Examples of student learning activities
Being creative Exploring options and alternative  Students will research alternative
technologies to perform operations.
Being literate Expressing ideas clearly and accurately Students will select the most appropriate media to communicate their ideas/solutions.
Being numerate Expressing ideas mathematically

Students will use correct mathematical notation when communicating dimensions.

Communicating Using language Students will demonstrate correct technical language when explaining a process and presenting ideas.
Managing information and thinking Thinking creatively and critically Students will engage in innovative thinking in designing solutions and critique their solution based on the needs related to the problem.
Managing myself Setting and achieving personal goals Students will establish a plan of work and apply it to the creation of a project.
Staying well Being positive about learning Students will be encouraged to develop a curiosity about the multi-disciplines of engineering and a positive outlook on the subject.
Working with others Co-operating Students will collaborate to design and build engineering solutions.
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