Evaluation of a financial literacy program developed for high school students
Keywords:program development, high school,, financial literacy,, Finance, literacy
The purpose of the study was to develop an education program at high school level for financial literacy skills mentioned within the framework of general competences and to test the effectiveness of the program developed. Mixed method where quantitative and qualitative research methods were used together in order to obtain data diversity was employed in the research. In the quantitative part of the study, experimental method was used, while in the qualitative part, case study method was benefited from. Within the scope of experimental design with the pretest-posttest control, in the quantitative dimension of the study, "Financial Literacy Behavior and Attitude Scale" was used. In the qualitative dimension of the research, the opinions of 12 voluntary students in the experimental group about the training were determined through an interview form. The results revealed that the financial literacy program developed for high school students positively affected their financial attitudes and behaviors. The significant difference determined between the students in the experimental group and control group indicates that the gains aimed by the literacy training program were achieved. In addition, the results obtained from the qualitative part of the research shows that the students' perception of money changed, that the program positively contributed to their lives, and that they wanted to receive the training in their early ages. Based on the results of the study, it is recommended for policy makers to involve financial literacy education in schools in a more systematic way.
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