Saturday, July 27, 2013

Approaching the vague questions in GP?

There are certain questions in GP which create confusion to the students. For example:
To what extent is design important in your society?
What does “your society” mean in this question?

Think for a second and you’ll find out that this is totally subjective. Your society can mean:
  • Your locality (the immediate geographical place where you live e.g., your village, town, city, etc)
  • Your community (related to your race, culture, religion: e.g., Hindu community, Muslim community, and the like.)
  • Your country
  • Your region (for example, Middle East, South Asia, and so on), etc
Here, the term “your society” has multiple meanings, which makes the whole question “vague”! So, doesn't this create confusion?

Yes, it does. So, what’s the workaround?

Upon evaluating the mark schemes and examiner reports, about which you can learn more in the links I have inserted here, I have found out that such GP questions can be attempted very very flexibly! I mean, you can interpret the meaning of the terms like 'your society' to mean any of those meanings I have mentioned above or whatever you understand by society! That definition should be somehow agreeable and your essay will be fine.

Similarly, in the following question:
How are young offenders dealt with in your country?
What is the meaning of the word “young” here? Isn't a 25 years old offender, young? If he is then, is it the sensible question? Just think!

However, I guess you already know that “young” here means the age at which we one cannot be held accountable legally for his/her illegal act. Generally, the offenders under the age of 18 years are considered minor; however this is not a universal rule. Laws in different countries have defined “minor” differently. Moreover, different acts within the same country define it differently. This confusion provides you an opportunity to interpret the meaning of the phrase “young offender” as you wish. For example, you can interpret the term as less than 14 years! However, linking it to your country and using the knowledge about your country can help you deduce the closer meaning of such vague words and get more marks. However, you still have the freedom to interpret the meaning on your own and write an essay accordingly.

I hope these simple tips will help you gain some confidence in writing your essays.

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