A rise in stock for business
The third edition of Teaching Economics was published in 1985 and the changes that have taken place in economics and business education since then are evident in this latest edition. Teaching Economics and Business reflects the fact that it is now almost taken for granted that economics teachers will also teach business. However, the title also suggests that the Economics and Business Education Association establishment is not entirely at ease with the hegemony of business in the curriculum area.
The publication is a timely addition to a limited stock about teaching business. It is aimed at the reflective practitioner and, as someone responsible for an initial teacher training course in business, I'm grateful we now have a book to recommend to students.
Students and teachers seeking an off-the-peg set of lessons, syllabus descriptions, recommended schemes of work or practical advice on teaching and learning will be disappointed. Alison Atkinson's chapter on "Assessing diverse evidence in GNVQ" is an exception, and would be valuable to teachers who are grappling with this issue. Similarly, Nick Heard's chapter on differentiation at key stage 4 contains a couple of useful classroom illustrations.
Each of the book's four sections - economics and business in a changing curriculum, teaching and learning, the whole curriculum and teacher development - is introduced by a helpful editorial. The contributors are well known in the business education world, and together have produced a thought-provoking and refreshing volume.
Adrian Lyons is a senior lecturer in business education at the University of Brighton