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Possibly the worst GCSE textbook...ever
on 28 June 2010
Despite being 'exclusively endorsed' by AQA, this book is very thin, lacking in substance and contains very few useful exercises (particularly in the later chapters). As far as I'm aware, there are no teacher's answers for any of the exercises and this is one less reason to recommend the book.
Important topics are all too often glossed over, leaving students unprepared for the exam - unless of course a lot of outside material from Tutor2U, Bized and other websites / textbooks are brought in (making this book of very little value). Now textbooks are not supposed to be the one and only source of information for a course, but nor are they supposed to be so inconsequential to pupil learning.
This book is by no means a proper 'textbook' for the GCSE Economics course, but is more like a revision guide for those who have already studied the course with other, more in-depth materials and activities. The problem is that no other 'textbook' exists for the AQA course, so we're stuck with this one for the time being. Moynihan and Titley's book is much better, but is outdated and not designed for the new AQA spec. Had Horner and Madgett tried to emulate it (in terms of case studies, activites, depth of explanation, etc) in their own book, I'd be giving them more than one star.