Irish Science Teachers' Association (ISTA) Junior Cycle Science Questionnaire
The purpose of this questionnaire is to enable Science teachers to give feedback on their experience of the Junior Cycle science specification (syllabus). The questionnaire is short and your feedback will help the Council of ISTA to represent the views of its members to the Department of Education and Skills, the NCCA, the SEC and other stakeholders in education regarding Junior Cycle Science and also inform its recommendations for the implementation of new Leaving Certificate science syllabi.

Please ensure that you complete the questionnaire by 8 MARCH 2019. A report of the findings will be launched at the Annual Conference of the ISTA which takes place in Dublin on 12 -14 April 2019.

This questionnaire should take between 5 - 10 minutes to complete. Your time and feedback will prove invaluable to the ISTA in representing the views of science teachers.

1. How many years have you been teaching? *
2. Please indicate the level at which you teach / have taught. *
3. Please indicate the type of school in which you are teaching. *
4. Please indicate the time allocation per week in your school for teaching Junior Cycle science to 1ST YEAR students. Please give your answer in total number of minutes
Please indicate the time allocation per week in your school for teaching Junior Cycle science to 2ND YEAR students. Please give your answer in total number of minutes
Please indicate the time allocation per week in your school for teaching Junior Cycle science to 3RD YEAR students. Please give your answer in total number of minutes
5. Are you involved with the JCT in the provision of CPD courses to practicing teachers? *
6. Do you feel that Extended Experimental Investigations (EEI – CBA 1) and Science in Society Investigations (SSI – CBA 2) have a valuable place in the Junior Cycle science course? *
Please explain *
Your answer
7. Do you have adequate time to teach the Extended Experimental Investigations and Science in Society Investigations in the spirit in which they are intended? *
Please explain *
Your answer
8. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the assessment criteria / Features Of Quality that are used in the assessment of CBA 1 & 2. *
Very high
High
Average
Low
Very low
Satisfaction Level:
Please explain
Your answer
9. Please indicate the extent to which you feel students will be prepared for their study of Leaving Certificate science subjects by the Junior Cycle science syllabus. *
Very highly prepared
Highly prepared
Adequately prepared
Poorly prepared
Very poorly prepared
In my opinion:
Please explain *
Your answer
10. Please indicate your level of satisfaction with the SEC Sample Examination paper for Junior Cycle Science. *
Very high
High
Average
Low
Very low
Satisfaction Level:
Please explain
Your answer
11. As a common level paper, please indicate the category / categories of students for whom you think their needs are met best by the SEC examination paper. *
Below Average
Average
Above Average
Exceptional
Category:
Please explain *
Your answer
12. How many CPD sessions of science specific JCT courses have you attended? *
13. If you have attended one or more of the science specific JCT courses, please indicate your level of satisfaction with these courses. *
Please explain
Your answer
14. How many CPD sessions of whole school JCT courses have you attended?
15. If you have attended one or more of the whole school JCT courses, please indicate your level of satisfaction with these courses.
Please explain
Your answer
16. Based on your experience with working with the new template of specification at junior science level please indicate how you would feel if the specifications at Leaving Certificate sciences would be presented using the same template. *
Very satisfied
Satisfied
Unsatisfied
Unacceptable
Satisfaction Level
Please explain
Your answer
17. Are you a member of the ISTA? *
If you answered yes, how many years are you a member of the ISTA?
How do you believe that the ISTA could further cater for your needs as a member of the association?
Your answer
18. Any other comments?
Your answer
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