Financial Literacy as Citizenship Education – a viable prospect?

Authors

  • Mattias Björklund Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education, Stockholm University
  • Johan Sandahl Department of Humanities & Social Sciences Education, Stockholm University, Sweden

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4119/jsse-3230

Keywords:

Financial Literacy, Citizenship Education, Social Studies

Abstract

Purpose: This article aims to discuss what kind of teaching is required to enable students to critically review financial issues in a way that is in accordance with a broad citizenship education.

Method: Content analysis where an assessment of students’ answers was compared and aligned with Westheimer & Kahne’s (2004) theory driven conceptions of citizenship.

Findings: Findings demonstrate that students’ understandings correspond with the three conceptions and give important indications of what needs to be included in teaching in order to address financial issues as citizenship education.

Implications: Focus in financial literacy education should be widened to include political and social aspects of the relation between households and the financial systems.

Author Biographies

Mattias Björklund, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education, Stockholm University

Ph.D. Student at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education,

Johan Sandahl, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences Education, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dr Johan Sandahl is a senior lecturer at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Education, Stockholm University.

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Published

2020-03-27