An Alternative Guidebook for Financial Literacy in Mathematics Education

Theme 3   Financial Literacy.

Secondary school seachers.
Researchers and academics.

In the financial literacy education earning popularity after OECD has been giving importance, many countries have different initiatives. Some outputs of the initiatives have been evaluated in PISA since 2012 along with academic achievement and socio-economic circumstances. In this time, Turkey that is a founded member of OECD could not attend the financial literacy domain in PISA although has been attending other domains because of lack of financial literacy education in the country. One of the methods for financial literacy education in the world is that financial literacy is integrated into related courses like mathematics.

The study aims to put forth tasks that handle mathematical and financial literacies skills together in a guidebook. The guidebook purposes to reach teachers as the priority collocutors in the elementary mathematics education (grade 1-8) in Turkey. In this way, it purposes to help teachers and students. The tasks including both mathematical and also financial acquisitions based on financial contexts target them to earn conscious indirectly.

The guide along with the tasks have some particular features. The tasks have been set according to the acquisitions and targets of the mathematics curriculum. Thus, they don’t interfere with it. Each task is equipped with explanations about the mathematical and financial dimensions. The common processes, tips and cautions teachers use in executing the tasks are placed in the tasks. On the other hand, the tasks have international values such as working conditions, harmful addictions, wasting water, so forth. Further, technological tools they can use are uttered in the tasks. Each task has been set by considering highlights mentioned in the financial education in early ages. It can also be said that pedagogical advice expressed in the regarded literature have been taken into account. In the section of background, both the mathematical-financial arguments and how to be designed the tasks have been detailed while the related resources have been attached.

The guidebook includes an introduction expressing briefly financial literacy education and the relationship with mathematics education and the need for financial literacy education for Turkey. Additionally, it also includes explanations of how interested people including parents can use from it.

It is expected that the guidebook including the tasks as well contributes financial understandings of interested people as an alternative task book reflecting the need for financial literacy even in the early ages.

Presented by: (, ) and Carmela Aprea


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