Bizzare thing about the results was that a reasonably competent cohort almost all got As or Bs for the Paper Two component. I do not know what it says about my teaching ability that when I told them before the exam that I really had no clear idea of which specific content area within a very broad topic would be tested that they attained the best results we have ever had for the Paper 2 component. I certainly taught the least I have ever taught in terms of content in preparing students for the paper...so less of my teaching = higher results????
Looking at the specification, if the Nov session was on Solidarity [a collapse aspect?] then I guess it would be more likey that the June 2010 session will be on a 'decline' aspect rather another 'collapse' aspect...but I guess in some ways all events up to 1989 could be considered in some ways 'decline' rather than 'collapse' so who knows?
To answer George's questions:1. My department swear this Unit was going to focus on the Velvet Revolution, which is what we have started to gather materials on, but the Specification suggests it is a lot broader then this - have we just made a mistake?
Maybe someone in your Department writes the paper???? LOL. But seriously I guess it could well be a 1989 topic like the Velvet Revolution. I would think a 'decline' focus could go back to the late 50s, certainly 60s.2. The specification suggests the November examination will be on the German involvement in the Spanish Civil War, yet the paper that has been posted is all about the decline of Communism - have they changed the spec and not announced it?
The November 2009 examination session was on decline/collapse of Communism; the June 2010 session will be on decline/Collapse of Communism and the November 2010 session will be on the Spanish Civil War, as CIE vary the two topic areas over a two year/4 session period.I would also be very grateful for any resources that people create on this, as it is all quite new to me and i am trying to co-ordinate my department teaching it, even though i am not teaching it myself. So far we have got hold of the BBC book and DVD about the Lost World of Communism, the Cold War documentaries and the Walsh book, but any PowerPoints, Worksheets, lesson ideas would be gratefully received
As I have stated above in the first part of my email I would tend to suggest that instead of worrying about teaching the story of the topic I would focus the students on practising the required skills: source analysis and evaluation. I found the CNN docos and the textbooks together a few brief handouts got my [by no means academically outstanding cohort] through just fine. Russel's material hyperlinked to below wasn't available last year when I did all this but it looks ideal in terms of depth and scope as preparation for the paper content-wise
Hope this helps George? Always really hard having to set a Department up on your own etc...and to be honest the bumpf on the CIE site is often not that helpful. I'd be glad to give you any help I can as I have had to prepare students for 12 CIE exam sessions so far..oh what fun...
All the best, Aaron
Edited by Aaron O'Brien, 03 March 2010 - 09:02 AM.