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G. E. Syme.

3rd ed., Scarborough (ON), Prentice-Hall, c1970, 1976, 1982.
827pp, paperbound boards, $25.85.
ISBN 0-13-0016934.

Grades 9 and up.
Reviewed by David Charwick.

Volume 11 Number 4.
1983 July.

First and foremost this book is a textbook and as such has limited use in a school library. It has a set of support materials that go along with it when teaching accounting to senior high school students. If librarians want to place a copy of the text in the school library, they should consider the Student Text, Brief Edition. The full text is simply too long and formidable in size for most students discovering accounting.

The book is generally well designed, and there is good use of real life problems in business as well as good diagrams. A particular strong point I felt was the use of biographies with photos of accountants from across Canada. These would help students both understand what accountants do and how they are trained.

The sequence in which accounting concepts are presented is logical and well done. However, the chapter on accounting and computers could have been included much earlier in the text. Many students only study accounting in grade 11 and take no other business courses. Hence, it would be useful for them to be exposed to applications of computers early on. In addition, the section on banking could have been stronger. Photos of electronic record keeping would have helped to make accounting relevant to day-to-day life for most students.

The author is to be commended for his work in adjusting the reading level of this edition to meet the needs of students of different ability levels. This change alone may keep this edition in print for some time. Included are end of chapter exercises that can be done by students on their own. Overall, the author has succeeded in rendering a rather dry subject interesting and topical.

David Chadwick, Norway House H. S., Norway House, MB.
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