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Edexcel A Level Economics A, Book 1

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Edexcel A Level Economics A, Book 1

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ECONOMICS Edexcel A level Economics A, Book 1, Peter Smith, Hodder Education 2015, 228 pages, paperback, £24.99, ISBN 978-1-4718-3000-6.

This book is basically an updated version of Peter Smith's "Edexcel Economics" (first published in 2008) that has been adapted to cover the new Edexcel Economics A specifications for AS and the first two themes of A level. Many of the features of the 2008 book have been kept. Every chapter starts with a list of bullet points giving learning outcomes. The chapters are then divided into easy to digest chunks using sub-headings. Key terms are defined as they are introduced in the text through the use of boxes in the margins. There are exercises every few pages that can be used to test student understanding and there are frequent summaries. Each chapter also includes some case study material with follow-up questions. Some chapters contain 'Extension Material' that consists of explanations of theory that go slightly beyond the basic requirements of the specification but the more able students will require more than this.

A feature of this book that is new, and very welcome given the requirements of the new specifications in Economics, is the boxes giving detailed explanations of relevant quantitative skills. In this way, all the quantitative skills that are needed for AS and the first year of A level are covered. However, the explanations are not immediately followed by self-assessment questions thus making it difficult for students to test their understanding. Some of the exercises in the chapters test quantitative skills.

The book is divided into two sections. The first section covers Theme 1 of the specification (Introduction to Markets and Market Failure) while the second section covers Theme 2 (The UK Economy - Performance and Policies). At the end of each section, all the relevant key terms are listed in alphabetical order and there are a few pages of practice questions that are largely in the style of Section A questions in the exam papers. …

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