Exploring the classroom practices that may enable a compassionate approach to financial literacy education
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From an early age, children are faced with financial dilemmas and are expected to make effective financial decisions about money. In this paper, we explore the classroom practices that may enable a compassionate approach to financial literacy education. We observed an inquiry-based mathematics lesson in a Year 4 primary school classroom. The financial maths task asked students to decide on the best fundraising option for the school. We used the theory of practice architectures to analyse the interactions in the classroom in order to understand what may have enabled and constrained classroom practices. We found that classroom practices such as engaging with peers through positive and collaborative learning opportunities, making ethical, social and mathematical connections of the task, and considering the impact of financial decisions on others may enable a compassionate approach to financial literacy education.
Mathematics Education Research Journal
2017 Springer Netherlands. This is an electronic version of an article published in Mathematics Education Research Journal (MERJ), pp. 1-22, 2017. Mathematics Education Research Journal (MERJ) is available online at: http://link.springer.com/ with the open URL of your article.
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