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Business Studies for GCSE, 3rd Edition

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Business Studies for GCSE, 3rd Edition

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Business Studies for GCSE, 3rd Edition, Renee Huggett, Collins Educational, 1998, 220 pages, paperback, 114.99, phone: 0141 306 3171 ISBN 0003273881

The third edition of this popular and well-written GCSE textbook retains the qualities of its predecessor, whilst taking some of the trappings of its Collin's stablemate, Anderton's `GCSE Business Studies.' Now in colour (though not as photocopy-proof as Anderton!), the eighty units examine elements of business (markets, types of production and so on), the structure and control of business, business aims and objectives, sources and uses of finance, marketing and production strategies, human resources, communications and business in the environment. Resources are up-to-date generally within three years old. They are both relevant and accessible for the KS4 student. Extension work is provided by the 19 'Activities', which include factbased, interpretive and data handling questions. As such, the text is easily geared towards current GCSE syllabuses, though it still requires substantial teacher amplification (see review of accompanying Pack'). The disciplined, two-page treatment of subjects is retained, with significantly updated stimulus material. The inevitable drawbacks such as brevity brings, (for example, trying to explain Employees Rights in two pages unit 65) is easily compensated for by the student-friendliness of the layout. You feel that you know where you are with Huggett, which is not necessarily the case with other market leaders.

The use of Study Points and Checkpoints - the former based on case-study material and the latter testing concept understanding represents the best traditions of middle - rather than mixed ability teaching material. They are clear and concise, and may, for the sake of rigour, need to be used in conjunction with the end-of-unit 'Activities'. The new material is more person orientated, perhaps reflecting the increasing interest in examining business studies from the point of view of stakeholders. Huggett's aim is "to encourage students to think and act like business men and women from the start (my italics) by actively participating in a great variety of realistic situations." (p.ii). Whether the teacher uses Huggett from the start is a matter of preference, but the change in order of the third edition from the second is noteworthy. We are now taken from the elements of business (markets, types of production, business opportunities) to the structure of businesses (sole traders etc) and then to business objectives. …

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