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26th November 1999 at 00:00
AS AND A-lEVEL BUSINESS STUDIES: dealing with data. Edited by Jenny Wales and Paul Clarke. Longman in partnership with the EBEA. pound;3.99

GCSE BUSINESS STUDIES: dealing with data. Edited by Paul Clarke. Longman in partnership with the EBEA. pound;3.99

The dealing with data booklets will complement any business studies course. At both GCSE and ASA-level, they are intended to supplement other resources by concentrating on the numerate aspects of business studies.

At advanced level, for example, 15 "units" range in content from cash flow and critical path analysis to value-added and variance analysis. Each unit is self-contained, assuming some knowledge of each topic but reinforcing the key points through detailed guidance and worked examples.

Written by practising teachers, the language is accessible and appropriate to each level of study. Easy-to-follow explanations of moving averages and index numbers will inspire confidence in students and teachers alike.

But the books' greatest strength over straight data or numeracy texts is in the application of numeracy skills to the business context.

After practical explanations, readers are encouraged to analyse critically and draw conclusions from the data, making the exercises an excellent preparation for case study and report-writing.

There are some missed opportunities, however - an index would be useful to enable quick access to concepts and formulae as this is probably the type of text students will want to keep by their side throughout their course.

For the teacher, detailed cross-referencing to application of number key skills wouldbe invaluable - the booksare comprehensive but it's essential to identify where specifications are covered andor missed.

Also, guidance on relevanceto AS and A2 content wouldbe useful for students and teachers.

Jill Turner

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