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REPORT ON CANDIDATES’ WORK IN THE CARIBBEAN ADVANCED PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION MAY/JUNE 2008
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CARIBBEAN STUDIES CARIBBEAN ADVANCED PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION MAY/JUNE 2008 GENERAL COMMENTS
Assessment for both Units 1 and 2 is based on three papers. Paper 01 (30 per cent), Paper 02 (50 per cent) and Paper 03 (20 per cent). All three modules of the syllabus were tested in each paper. Paper 01 consisted of nine compulsory short answers, each carrying 10 marks, for a maximum of 90 marks. Paper 02 consisted of three sections, with two questions each. Candidates were required to answer three questions, one from each section, with each question marked out of 25. In Paper 03, the internal assessment, candidates were required to undertake a research project for both Units 1 and 2. Candidates were allowed to carry forward their Internal Assessment marks from Unit 1 to Unit 2. The Internal Assessments were marked by the teacher and samples forwarded to CXC for moderation.
UNIT 1 PAPER 01 MODULE 1 Question 1 This question was based on the sociological perspectives, more specifically on the development of sociology as a discipline, sociology as a science, and the data collection techniques used in sociology. While the majority of candidates were able to name the sociologist who gave the discipline its name, very few candidates were able to state the three stages through which society evolves. There is need for greater focus on the preparation of candidates who are knowledgeable about the development of sociology as a discipline. Parts (c) and (d) of the question were generally well done as candidates were able to accurately identify methods of observation used in sociological research and explain how natural science methods are used in sociological research. Question 2 This question focused on the fundamental concepts in sociology as a...