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ERIC Number: ED524189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 176
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-9602-5
Teaching Financial Literacy in K-12 Schools: A Survey of Teacher Beliefs and Knowledge
Otter, Dan
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of New Mexico
The purpose of this study was to learn teacher attitudes and beliefs about teaching personal finance, as well as teacher understanding of a few core personal finance concepts. The population consisted of 1,120 classroom teachers from two public school districts in two states. The research questions were: (a) What are teacher attitudes and beliefs about personal finance instruction? (b) What are teacher understandings of a few core personal finance concepts? Data were gathered using a survey instrument. Questions were divided into four categories: (1) policy; (2) instruction; (3) professional development; and (4) concept knowledge. Descriptive statistical methods were used to analyze survey responses. The response rate was 16 percent, or 181 classroom teachers. Participants in this survey strongly support the teaching of personal finance topics in K-12 schools. Close to 83 percent agree or strongly agree with the statement, "It is important for schools to teach financial literacy." Teachers at all grade levels in this study--elementary, middle, and high school--favor starting personal finance instruction in elementary school. Lack of suitable curriculum, lack of classroom materials, lack of instruction time, and lack of subject matter knowledge were identified as barriers to successful personal finance instruction. Respondents preferred format for professional development is a workshop that increases teacher financial literacy. The mean score for the 12 personal finance questions was 37.5 percent. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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