Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

AS Economics, OCR

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

AS Economics, OCR

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A LEVEL ECONOMICS AS Economics, OCR, Peter Smith, Philip Allan Updates, 2008, 232 pages, £18.99, ISBN 978-0340-94807-1

This is the textbook in use in my department so I can comment on the basis of using the book during the autumn term.

One tends to expect quality from the writing of Peter Smith and this text does not disappoint. It is structured around the OCR specification, with its chapters clearly tackling each section of the specification included in the two units at AS.

In the introduction, there is a useful page on relevant economic websites such as those of the Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury. In addition there is a small section considering the assessment objectives, although the text would benefit from the further development of this particular section, which is vital for students to grasp if they wish to gain a good grade.

An excellent addition to this particular text is that each chapter starts with a series of learning outcomes, which suggest the content of the chapter. Each chapter is subdivided into different segments, with each segment concluding with an effective bullet point summary. There are also boxes outlining and providing a wel !-constructed definition of the key terms from the specification. There are also exercises in each chapter such as multiple-choice questions, small data responses and evaluation questions. …

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