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Golden Key

The Student Task Workbooks

These publications comprise seven substantial workbooks (one for each task) bound in two volumes, one for each year of LCA. Each task is covered comprehensively (60-80 pages per task) with lots of templates for activities and worked examples.

Although written primarily for students, teachers also find the workbooks useful, particularly those who are new to the programme. Now that access to In Service training may be difficult, the books are being used by many teachers to meet their needs.

Together, the books are the only comprehensive resource available for the LCA Student Tasks. These seven tasks or projects count for about one third of the Leaving Cert Applied marks.

"The Student Task 1" includes a full workbook for each of:

  • General Education Task
  • Vocational Preparation Task
  • Vocational Education Task 1
  • Personal Reflection Statement 1

"The Student Task 2" includes a full workbook for each of:

  • Practical Achievement Task
  • Vocational Education Task 2
  • Contemporary Issue Task
  • Personal Reflection Statement 2
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Customer Feedback

We recently asked our customers for feedback on the workbooks. Here is one of the responses "We use them and find them a great asset. The students also like having a book to keep and use in class". Coordinator from North Presentation College Farranaree Cork.

More information

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To find out more about the workbooks, download a copy of our Explanatory Booklet or read the answers to frequently asked questions below:

What if I have other questions?

Please contact us. We will try to answer your questions and if you like, we can put you in touch with a teacher who has practical experience of using these workbooks with students.

What are the Student Task Workbooks?

"The Student Task 1" and "The Student Task 2" have been written to help LCA students with their task work in years 1 and 2 respectively. Each workbook is packed with concrete activities to develop students' skills in project management, creative and critcal thinking, personal reflection and communication.

The content of the workbooks corresponds to the requirements specified in the NCCA booklet "LCA Programme Statement and Outline of Student Tasks". The books provide an additional means to improve the quality of the outputs and outcomes from task work as set out by the NCCA. We have also built in the recommendations from recent Examiners' Reports into our exercises for each of the tasks.

These books fill the current gap in resource provision in this crucial component of the LCA programme.

Can teachers pick and choose what activities to do?

YES, the activities can and should be chosen by teachers "A la carte" style to suit students of all abilities and literacy levels.    The activities can be used on a "stand alone" basis OR linked together to form a single logical approach to the task. This means that appropriate material can be selected for students of different abilities so that every student is challenged at the right level. It has been our goal to include something for everyone in the workbooks.

What about students with differing levels of literacy?

The activities are supplemented by word banks and worked examples to develop vocabulary and comprehension. They are suitable for both individual and cooperative working.

How does the workbook help with integration?

The students are encouraged to make links between the activities in this workbook and other components of the LCA programme, especially key assignments and work experience. These links are flagged for students as they go along.

What about meeting NCCA criteria?

The content of the workbooks corresponds to the requirements specified in the NCCA booklet "LCA Programme Statement and Outline of Student Tasks". The activities supplied provide an additional means to improve the quality of the outputs and outcomes from task work as set out in the Assessment Criteria for each of the tasks. Recommendations from recent Examiners' Reports have also been built into the content of the workbooks. Go to top

What are the benefits of using these workbooks?

The LCA student tasks are arguably the most powerful learning opportunities in the Irish secondary school system. Do you want your students to benefit as much as possible from these experiences? If so, invest in our workbooks. They give students:

  • Concrete activities to work with, generating material for reports
  • A structure for each task with links to key assignments
  • A powerful aid to improve their vocabulary.

Busy coordinators find that the workbooks also provide a:

  • Useful resource for ALL task teachers to dip in and out of
  • Detailed introduction for teachers new to LCA PLUS
  • Backup to use whenever a teacher is out.

Coordinators tell us that using the workbooks makes the task process clearer and easier for teachers and leads to greater engagement on the part of students. The thinking, planning and communication skills learnt by students will stand them in good stead in future life, especially when they enter the workplace.

A Coordinator from Co. Tipperary describes the benefits of the workbooks as follows: "The combination of the workbooks and our in-house experience makes the learning from the task more meaningul and worthwhile for students.Go to top

 

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