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Many awarding bodies will also offer teacher support including teaching resources. [...] there have been some doubts about the usefulness of this approach because of the difficulty of defining exactly what qualities the star ratings imply and in achieving consistency between reviewers.
Teaching Business & Economics – Summer 2009 Message from the editor This issue includes an extended feature on economics books in future issues. It would be the new GCSE courses. We asked each good to adopt a similar approach for business awarding body to introduce their new books. courses. Their contributions highlight the Recently we have included star ratings in some distinctive features of the new approach. book reviews. This was introduced in response to Particular aspects, such as controlled feedback from teachers. However, there have assessment, will receive more coverage in the next two issues of Teaching Business & been some doubts about the usefulness of this Economics. approach because of the difficulty of defining exactly what qualities the star ratings imply and in It has not been possible to get any new GCSE achieving consistency between reviewers. Rating a textbooks in time to review them for this issue. There will be a number to choose from and by the textbook is not at all like rating, say, a washing time you read this, publishers should have machine. It necessarily is much less objective inspection copies available. It may be that the now because individual teachers’ expectations of a common practice of linking books to individual textbook differ greatly. There are other problems courses reduces the element of choice in practice. too: some reviewers don’t like to approach their Many awarding bodies will also offer teacher review in this way; others do, but their ratings support including teaching resources. appear rather idiosyncratic to the editors. For the The developing links between publishers and time being we shall retain the option of using star awarding bodies, and the awarding bodies’ own ratings but only when the reviewer chooses this provision of web-based resources, have approach. implications. Your comments on this issue would One theme in the next issue will be economic be welcome. It would be good to devote the “thinking aloud”
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