New Leaving Certificate Geography Resource Pack

Date released: Nov 11 2005

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new resource pack for Leaving Certificate Geography teachers and students, providing video and written materials for teaching the environmental components of the subject.

The new resource pack is entirely based on current Irish issues, bringing in more than 20 case studies from the housing boom, waste issues and traffic congestion to sustainable tourism, renewable energy and economic development.

There are six themed units in the pack, each based around video clips from the EPA sponsored television series’ EcoEye and The State We’re In. There are four or five short video clips for each unit, and a booklet with support materials that includes comprehension questions, group discussions and additional research and projects.

The new geography syllabus counts among its aims the promotion of environmental protection, active citizenship and informed participation, and seeks to provide students with an interesting and enjoyable experience and to instil in them with a love for their environment.  While staying close to the aims and topics of the syllabus, the pack encourages creative thinking and debate, and allows for controversial and difficult issues to be discussed.

“There are a few key elements to success in supporting teachers and engaging students: talk to teachers and understand their needs, always maintain curriculum relevance, and make sure design and visuals are of best quality and appealing to the audience,” said Dr. Micheál Lehane, Programme Manager, EPA.   “These principles were applied to the new EPA Leaving Certificate Geography Resource Pack.”

This resource pack is being distributed to all geography teachers via in-service training, ensuring all geography teachers will receive a copy.  It is available in both English and Irish.  The co-operation of in-service trainers has been very valuable in the development of the pack.

“The launch of this pack means that the EPA now has resource materials available for primary level, transition year, and leaving certificate.  It strengthens the EPA’s position as a provider of educational materials that are current, topical and encourage greater discussion and thinking about Irish environmental issues” said Dr. Lehane.

The pack is also available on the EPA website at: www.epa.ie/education/education/secondary/geography