AQA Paper 2

 AQA Paper 2
Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 08:33 AM
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What did people think of yesterday's paper ?Did anyone teach stratification and if so what did you think of the questions and the items used ?

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 08:55 AM
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I did family and media, I thought the essay questions were reasonable but some of the 10 marks were horrible in particular the gender and childhood one. Don't know if other people agree.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 08:59 AM
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I taught stratification and I thought the questions were great, very happy, all straightforward. I've never taught family- but judging from Twitter yesterday lots of students were not happy about the childhood question.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 09:02 AM
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I thought the paper was reasonably kind. My students felt better about the Belief in Society questions than the Families and Household questions. The first FandHHs question threw them a little but they were able to answer all the questions in good time. They were grateful for the 20 marker.

Having looked at the paper the questions did not seem to difficult. My students often complain about how the questions are phrased, but they seemed happier yesterday.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 09:09 AM
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I can see the issue with the childhood question, but the essay made up for that I think. Students seem to really dislike science v religion questions based on twitter, but we had planned this numerous times as a class so I'm hoping that'll work out alright.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 09:14 AM
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I teach Families and Beliefs, and my kids said it was awful and the items were useless. It may be time to say goodbye to AQA.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 09:16 AM
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The Item used for the women and social mobility was not very good- not much they can apply.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 09:36 AM
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Would anyone be willing to explain what AQA were expecting the students to write for the Gender Roles and Childhood question. I have looked through the topics a few times to identify a link.

My students seemed to like the Science vs Religion question but some took a while to figure out it was a secularisation question.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 09:40 AM
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The Gender and Childhood question was terrible, and unfair. It could have been answered in terms of highlighting aspects of gender roles and control of children or perhaps dual worker households and lack of control  -  toxic childhood perhaps, but it wasn't a good question at all . . .

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 09:57 AM
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We do culture and identity and media. The 10 mark questions did throw the kids off really. The 10 mark analyse on culture and identity seemed like a 10 mark explain (linking two areas of the spec) mixed with a 10 mark analyse and the item was pretty useless.

The 20 markers were nice but I think the 10 markers will have affected weaker and more nervous students more. Some of the phrasing of questions seems overcomplicated which was a key issue we had with OCR. Disappointed to see this on AQA. The students have enough to do in terms of content without catching them out with the questions.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 10:29 AM
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I thought it was a good idea to take the A level with the students this year so I could (hopefully) teach exam structure better... Paper 1 was fine but I have to say I found the 10 marker on gender and childhood hard to phrase!

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
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Felt the questions were fair, though the first on families was difficult. They could have spoken about lack of a female role model as women are more likely to work, 'super dads' and having more of a relationship with fathers, difficulties of family stress with mothers doing the triple shift etc. I think AQA are forgetting that with such a huge amount of content, we simply don't have the time to spend on developing some of these skills. It's hard enough to teach them to evaluate and structure essays, let alone make links across the course between two random things.

However, have often found with the more difficult questions that AQA tend to be more lenient with their marking.

We also did beliefs. I'm disappointed so many found the science and religion 20 marker difficult when there is so much to say for it! Not sure why but it is a topic that they just hate.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 11:41 AM
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I've not seen the actual papers for paper one or two yet, but I've the items haven't been great. I misunderstood what the childhood/gender roles question was when a student explained it. Just spoke to another one and I don't actually see a problem with it, I think there's more than enough to write.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 11:52 AM
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Outline and explain two ways in which changing gender roles within the family may have affected children's experience of childhood
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I have seen a few assumptions for what people think the students could/should have written. But why should we teach the guessing game. A what point did some teacher find out about the cross topic questions. For those who did not know, how would those students feel about having a lack of knowledge during the exam. How do you teach and practise answering a question like this in 15 minutes. Read, process, write and gain quality marks. I think its a challenging question especially if you have not been informed of the possible format or been given the skill to execute the question efficiently.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 03:25 PM
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I've a member of my team who has been so reluctant to move from AQA who this morning as I walked in to work informed me that we're leaving them as she is saying that not only is the content too immense to cover but that we can no longer go through all the possible options of questions that may appear - it seems increasingly that AQA examiners have lost their understanding of creating examinations that even the weakest student who has worked hard for 2 years can come out of, feeling they have been given the opportunity to show some sociological knowledge and skills; rather they've created a monster from their own self indulgence that is bewildering and confusing decent students.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 03:31 PM
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I certainly agree with you Steve on the amount of content and variety of questions.

However, I don't see any alternative. OCR's content is just as wide ranging and problematic (with that division between the inequality module between Y1 and Y2) and they have a wide variety of types of questions.

I think, what this indicates, is that the new linear specifications clearly need some considerable tweaking and reworking.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 05:52 PM
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Hi Gingle

I have just moved from OCR to AQA and starting to wish I hadn't.  Yes the division of that unit is a bit of a nightmare, but I had content covered by February half term and the topics are much more engaging.

They have a habit of wording questions very strangely, but students tend to still be able to write something.  That 10 marker is 1/4 of marks for the family section and I didn't think the other options were so bad- so it will not lead to boundary changes, rather students doing the family topic being diasadvantaged.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 06:03 PM
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For the childhood question- could mention woman and dual burden, triple shift and impact on relationships with children.

Women delaying childhood and so more children experiencing childhood on their own. 

Childhood improving due to dual earners

Dual earners meaning less stay at home Mums- effect on childhood

Socialisation into gender roles- gender neutral children and less rigid roles.

But... how students would be able to expand on this is another thing.  I think it is expecting far too much of an 18 year old under exam pressure.   It took me a while o think of these things and the info I would use would be more from my own knowledge, rather than any Sociology textbook.




Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 10:33 AM
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I teach the same Anna, Family and Media. My overall thoughts are that the 'stronger' and 'weaker' students will be much more polarised by these exams than they have been in the past. Agree with a lot of the points above about the gender role question.

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 09:45 AM
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Fair enough. I will give AQA a few years and see how it goes. I do like the positive marking that they engage in but will just see how it goes.