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AQA Economics AS: Student's Book - Jim Lawrence

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Genre: Politics / Society / Philosophy / Author: Jim Lawrence, Alasdair Copp, Steve Stoddard / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 160 Pages / Book is published 2008-05-12 by Nelson Thornes

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      30.11.2012 18:33

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      An acceptable book but Anderton is better

      The students in my class all have a copy on this book, however we use it very little. The book is comprehensive and tailored to the needs of the specification. It is also relatively lightweight compared to alternatives such as Economics by Alain Anderton which the kids prefer. Because of this, it is also relatively cheap as textbooks go - a major consideration if you're buying a class set of them.

      However, I do find that the textbook is not great for lower ability pupils and certainly tricky for anyone trying to teach the subject to themselves. It is pitched quite high and assumes a reasonable amount of prior knowledge. Explanations make sense to students only really after they've been taught it first. The book is useful as a revision guide and as a source of extra information but not as a starting point. I would recommend the orange Alain Anderton book for more comprehensive coverage.

      The questions in the book are not always relevant or accessible to students who are only up to that chapter. It would be good to see more of them based on recent past papers. Overall, if I had my time again, this is not the book I would have bought for most of my students - ok for high flyers but can leave the rest behind.

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