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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource - but it's not a textbook., 22 May 2009
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This review is from: Biology: Biology Course Companion (IB Diploma Programme) (Paperback)
While the excellent book is a valuable resource for students and especially teachers studying/ teaching IB Biology, it should not be mistaken for a textbook. While all the topics at Standard and Higher level and all the Options are included within the one book, the depth of coverage is not sufficient to make this a "one stop shop" for IB Biology. It is my understanding that this was actually never the intention with this volume - but it is important that buyers know this.
In reality this book is more of a guide to the "thinking" of the course writers, with each chapter acting as a guide to what's important in the topic, rather than a comprehensive account of the content covered. In this regard the sections on Internal Assessment and the examples of the data based questions that are found in Paper 2 are very valuable indeed.
Given the growing importance the IB is placing on the Core materials of the diploma (ie TOK, EE and CAS) the suggested made within this book on how teachers can respond to these in the course of their normal classroom teaching are very valuable.
This is excellent book for teachers of IB Biology, but if it is issued to students they will need either additional material from a range of other sources, or an additional textbook of some form. The title of the book makes it clear it as a "course companion" ie it needs company!
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