Author: Simeon Mantel
Publisher: Berlut Books
Reviewed by: Beryl Lutrin
The Accounting Handbook and Study Guide: A Comprehensive Accounting Reference Book by Simeon Mantel was published by Berlut Books in July 2016. It is part of the Berlut Books Handbook and Study Guide Series and follows in the footsteps of the popular English, Afrikaans and maths handbook and study guides.
The Accounting Handbook and Study Guide: A Comprehensive Accounting Reference Book covers every aspect of the South African national curriculum assessment policy statements (CAPS) for accounting for grades 8–12. It also covers the work done in grades 8 and 9 economic and management sciences, and will therefore ensure an easy and successful transition to accounting in Grade 10. This is the first accounting study guide that covers all the grades. It provides a framework that shows how all the topics in accounting fit together and relate to each other.
An esteemed accounting educator says, “I would like to congratulate Simeon Mantel on the valuable contribution he has made in creating a handbook that encompasses the entire accounting curriculum. I believe in the streamlining and teaching of a full concept rather than having it broken down over numerous grades. This handbook supports this vision.” The presentation is simple, visual and logical with colour-coding to aid understanding, recall and application. The key to the colour-coding and symbols on the inside front cover makes the book very easy to navigate.
Through constant usage, the information will become familiar and will be retained, unlike photocopied notes, which are usually discarded at the end of the year. There will be no need to reteach or relearn from the beginning each year. Teachers will simply direct their students to the important concepts for each section as needed.
For teachers, this book provides a readymade, user-friendly scheme of work. It is not meant to be used in isolation, but rather in conjunction with regular lessons and other grade-appropriate textbooks. It incorporates the CAPS requirements and will prove useful in ensuring that teachers’ knowledge and teaching skills are complete and up to date.
This book will also prove very useful to pre-university students who have not done accounting at school.