What financial dilemmas reveal about students' social and mathematical understandings simultaneously and in synergy if we are to make informed financial decisions. Financial literacy is enjoying and 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 understands and financial decision making. The findings suggest that teaching that provides meaningful contexts in which mathematical concepts are situated is critical to student learning.

Carly Sawatzki

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter


Everyday financial dilemmas require us to
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780734048448
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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