Focus session 1

Topic: The learning landscape - formal education pathways

Moderator: Jen Quick, Curriculum Manager, Business and Economics, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

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Focus session 1: The learning landscape - formal education pathways

Moderator: Jen Quick

Question 1: What are the changes in behaviour we want to achieve?

  • Looking to achieve general change in behaviour, attitudes and values
  • Understanding the long-term consequences of short-term decisions
  • Being able to apply critical thinking
  • Remove the stigma of money conversations
  • Understanding the context and consequences for making decisions (ie lost opportunity cost - if I decide to do this, I won't be able to do that)
  • Teachers modelling the desired behaviour - taking advantage of teachable moments in the classroom (for this to happen, need to build teacher capacity and confidence)
  • People knowing the right questions to ask and where to go for that information (do we expect kids to remember everything we teach them? no, but hopefully through use of real life scenarios in teaching, when kids need to make decisions they know where to find out the right info)

Question 2: Given the opportunities and resources that are likely to be available, what are the key actions that we can take in 2014-16 that will make the most difference?

  • Build on and extend what is happening now through further embedding of financial literacy in the Australian curriculum
  • Resource Australian curriculum links across all subjects, particularly business and economics where consumer and financial literacy is one of the big ideas
  • Engage families - difficult to do, might need creative thinking (eg a reality TV show, public campaign on TV)

Question 3: What are some current activities where there are successful partnerships within or across sectors? Given these, what are some ways to improve how we work together?

  • Strengthen opportunities for communication between interest groups (eg come together regularly to share plans, resources, ideas)
  • Partnerships with kindergartens and preschools
  • Develop a specific strategy for the education sector

Challenges/issues raised:

  • If we want to affect the behaviour, attitudes and values of students, this will involve affecting the behaviour, values and attitudes of parents
  • How do we evaluate the changes in behaviour, attitudes and values (eg quantitative vs qualitative - a key challenge given it is often many years later that we may see the behaviour, for example once students have left school)
  • Facilitating communication and collaboration between interest groups/sectors to foster partnerships
  • Long-term sustainability of partnerships an issue - not everyone prepared to commit for more than 12 months initially

Last updated: 17 Dec 2015