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GCSE Biology Third Edition [Paperback]

D. G. Mackean
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29 May 2002 0719586151 978-0719586156 3rd Revised edition
The third edition of this comprehensive texbook has been written to reflect developments in the specifications for GSCE Science; the biology section of GCSE Science Double Award and equivalent examinations. Amendments have been made to the text and illustrations. In particular: there is additional information on topics such as clinical trials, B and T lymphocytes, infertility, performance-enhancing hormones, fluoridation of water supplies, impact of hunting and over-fishing, global warming, biofuels and global travel and disease; an additional chapter on applied genetics draws together and expands the information on selective breeding, genetic engineering, cloning, genetic fingerprinting and the Human Genome Project; an additional chapter on conservation covers extinction, conservation of species, conservation of genes; conservation of habitats and conservation of resources; a revised chapter on ecosystems includes information on adaptations and factors which affect communities; examination questions have been updated using past papers; there is an additional chapter on the development of biological ideas and the principal contributions to these ideas from Galen, to Watson and Crick; and a final chapter on observation and experiment which looks at the type of questions that can be investigated scientifically and the nature of the evidence.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Education; 3rd Revised edition edition (29 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719586151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719586156
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This must rate as one of the best and most comprehensive GCSE Biology books currently available. The author has written AS and A-level Biology texts and clearly not only knows his subject, but can put it across well to readers. With this being the third edition, it has all the advantages of previous editions being refined, improved and new material being added. Thoroughly recommended. (Journal of Biological Education)

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D G Mackean is the author of many best selling biology textbooks.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GCSE Biology - a great textbook 27 Aug 2002
Written for UK students of GCSE Biology, this textbook would also be useful for those studying the biology component of GCSE Science: Double Award. Divided into clear topics, there are examinination questions at the end of each. The questions are recent and come from a range of exam boards. Checklists at the ends of chapters provide useful revision 'tick lists' and there is also glossary at the end.
Though accessible to most candidates, this textbook would probably best suit those aiming for the higher tier examination. Substantial amounts of information are packed in, but in a very readable manner. Diagrams are clear and colour photographs are used well. The information added since the 2nd edition is particularly relevant and useful, including updates in genetics, chapters on the historical development of biological ideas and the nature of scientific evidence.
The only slightly disappointing feature, common to many GCSE texts, is the the lack of answers to either the in-text or the examination questions. Although this allows questions to be used as homework, having some answers could promote independent study. Instructions for practical work, plus provision of expected results, usefully allows consideration of experimental design and interpretation of results even if the practical is not carried out.
This must rate as one of the best and most comprehensive GCSE Biology books currently available. The author not only knows his subject, but can put it across well to readers. With this being the 3rd edition, it has all the advantages of previous editions being refined, improved and new material added. Thoroughly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for GCSE biology 4 Sep 2001
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This book is excellent for GCSE biology. it includes all the information needed for the GCSE exam. It also includes example investigations, which is especially useful for the coursework. I found it extremely useful, and was the only book I used for reference in homeworks, and for coursework.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic textbook 13 April 2011
By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have a considerable personal history with this book.

When I was a schoolboy (so many years ago that I hesitate to number them) I encountered a charismatic science teacher called Mr Tuffnell who really inspired me. At that time, this book wasn't available but in later years, even though my careers veered away from science, I found the first edition in a bookshop and bought it for my own pleasure. Later on, when my daughter was studying for her GCSE's and Advanced GNVQ's as a precursor to training to be an Occupational Therapist, I bought her the 2nd edition and she found it as interesting as I had. It helped her get excellent grades and go on to do her training. Now that the 3rd edition is available, I'll once again be buying it purely for my own pleasure and interest.

McKean has produced a treasure-chest of accurate information, superb illustrations, diagrams and relevant photographs. The sections are well organised and it quite rightly stands as a testament to what good quality educational should be all about --- accessible, easily digestible but without any hint of over-simplication or pandering to the trend of reducing everything to the lowest common denominator of understandability.

Personally (and professionally as an ex-teacher) I can't say the same for the increasing use of multiple-choice questions and dumbed-down exams, but as long as texts like Mr. McKean's book remain available, there's hope after all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars alright 25 Aug 2011
By kuggy
Good book, lots of illustrations which is always nice. I felt it was a bit dated but it was very cheap so I cant complain. It includes some nice little practice questions and such (which is uber useful if teaching yourself!)
all in all good value for money
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