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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.

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									    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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