Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Business Studies Advanced Level Resource Pack

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Business Studies Advanced Level Resource Pack

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Business Studies Advanced Level Resource Pack, Chris Nuttall, Matthew Glen, Michael Watts, Malcolm Surridge, Collins Educational 1998, 187 pages (photocopiable), L85, ISBN 0 00 327509 4

The quest for resource material of quality at advanced level is never ending. As teachers, we often find ourselves developing our own topical data and case study material to stimulate class discussion. We may invent, we may adapt, but we are never satisfied. This may partly be due to the dynamic nature of our subject area but also a symptom of the drive for perfection!

This very useful resource is appropriate for a number of different courses, making it quite versatile (a key factor for consideration when allocating those scarce resources). Teachers should be able to make it useful for any GCE A level business course. it certainly has value for the tuition of GNVQ Advanced Business students and illustrates the interdependence of business and economic concepts.

The format of the resource pack is very straight forward and exactly what we need in a timepressured environment. The activity guide at the beginning of each unit is particularly useful in aiding fast and efficient classroom resource decisions. The variation in types of activity allows for close consideration of skill development along with syllabus coverage.

Each unit focuses on a broad aspect of business illustrated through detailed case study material and explored thoroughly using varied activities. Most concepts are covered and units vary with regard to coverage of syllabus minutiae, but all units give either a very good 'snap-shot' of specifics or a broad study overview.

The excellent case study material is so relevant that all concepts necessary can be explored, even if specific activities have not been written. Unit 6, Business and Economic Policy is a very good unit. It gives detailed coverage of areas students find difficult to recognise and makes key ideas very accessible. It should open eyes!!

The pack is flexible enough to fit any style of teaching and learning with some or no adaptation. One could deliver the content of this pack in short bursts, breaking down the case studies and focusing on narrow discussion points. Alternatively the material might be given to students in one go for private study and investigation backed up by teacher led focus points.

The units do allow students to take time to recognise the links between realistic business activity and theory, enabling them to develop a sound understanding of the principles illustrated. This then gives them the basis needed to tackle the questions and activities provided. …

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