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What financial dilemmas reveal about students’ social and mathematical understandings

conference contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Carly SawatzkiCarly Sawatzki
Everyday financial dilemmas require us to draw on social, interdisciplinary, and mathematical understandings simultaneously and in synergy if we are to make informed financial decisions. Financial literacy is enjoying an elevated status across the Australian Curriculum. This paper reviews some of the literature on financial literacy, and describes aspects of a research project in which Year 6 students were presented with financial dilemmas to gain insights into their social and mathematical understandings and financial decision making. The findings suggest that teaching that provides meaningful contexts in which mathematical concepts are situated is critical to student learning.

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Event

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Conference (36th : 2013 : Melbourne, Vic.)

Series

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference

Pagination

602 - 609

Publisher

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Place of publication

Payneham, S. Aust.

Start date

2013-06-30

End date

2013-07-04

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2013, MERGA

Editor/Contributor(s)

Vicki Steinle, Linda Ball, Caroline Bardini

Title of proceedings

MERGA 2013 : Mathematics education: yesterday, today and tomorrow : Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia

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