Grasping the concept of value: Exploring students’ economic and financial literacy in citizenship education

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11576/jsse-5535

Keywords:

Citizenship education, Social science education, Financial literacy, Economics

Abstract

Purpose: To explore student’s understandings of financial literacy and economics issues with an aim to inform future teaching designs.

Design/methodology/approach: Phenomenography and variation theory has been used to analyze students’ understanding of a concept found in both financial and economic contexts, namely value.

Findings: Students need to discern that value is attributed, related to scarcity and to other values in order to elaborate their understanding. Thus, teaching also needs to address these issues.

Research implications: A social science framing of financial literacy and economics can facilitate a teaching that aims for the development of students’ critical thinking and future ability to make informed choices.

Author Biographies

Mattias Björklund, Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University

Mattias Björklund PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at the Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University. His research interests include teaching and learning of financial literacy and economics as well as social science education with a special focus on citizenship education.

Malin Tväråna, Department of Education, Uppsala University

Malin Tväråna PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at the Department of Education, Uppsala University. Her research interests include civics and citizenship education, the role of subjectification and agency in critical thinking and democracy, and education development research. Her current research projects investigate digital media literacy in social science and visual literacy and critical thinking in social science. She has a particular methodological interest in phenomenography and variation theory, activity theory and design research.

Ann-Sofie Jägerskog, Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University

Ann-Sofie Jägerskog PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at the Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University. Her research interests include teaching and learning in the social sciences as well as economics, and teaching and learning through visual representations. She is currently coordinator of the EARLI SIG for Phenomenography and Variation Theory and is co-leader of a research project focusing on visual literacy in social science education.

Max Strandberg, Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University

Max Strandberg PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at the Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University. His research interests include homework as a pedagogical means, especially in social sciences as well as the use of visual models in social science teaching.

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Published

2022-12-21