Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

The Times 100

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

The Times 100

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The Times 100, free of charge, accessible at www.times100.co.uk

Content (rating: ****)

The Times 100 is an established, free teaching resource. For a dozen issues, it has provided schools with a glossy ring binder packed full of business case studies that lend themselves to being readily adapted to key stage 4 or post-16 teaching. Today the Times 100 is accessible online where it lays claim to being a "resource centre for business studies students and teachers". Content is a combination of the obligatory case studies (with few surprises), a teachers section which includes simple linear lesson plans, sample questions, student responses and examiner's comments, which are particularly helpful ahead of the legacy A2 synoptic papers if you deliver the AQA/OCR specifications. All exam boards are targeted in this section, providing value for all in an age when a "one size fits all" approach is fine if you are that size! There is nothing here yet to help us prepare for the new A level changes and, sadly, little of interest to those delivering BTEC courses.

Format/style (rating: ***)

In keeping with our increasing demands for off-thepeg and ready-made resources, the Times 100 does not disappoint. Presented in alphabetical order menu style - this resource tries to tempt us with its starters (lesson plans), main courses (case studies) and choice of desserts (revision theory and quizzes).

Course coverage/relevance (rating: ****)

In 35 case studies, the Times 100 broaches topics as diverse as corporate culture, SMART objectives and working patterns. It targets key stage 4 and post-16 courses, attempting to please everyone with its non-specific content, identified only by terms one might expect to find in a good textbook index. Times readers won't be disappointed with the traditional content, but don't expect to be very surprised either by its traditional, matter-of-fact approach. Where the Times 100 works is in its simplistic approach to combining course content with real world business examples and the means to reinforce learning of both.

User-friendliness/accessibility (rating: ****)

Access to the online resource is free, not even one of those annoying pre-registration forms to complete just type the address into your browser and you're in. Simple: free and simple, in fact. Like the newspaper, the ring binder version is slightly cumbersome, despite its welcome downsizing. …

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