Economics + Maths = Financial Capability

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AITSL developments outcomes

About this Course

This series aims to boost your knowledge and confidence for teaching economics and finance topics in Year 7-10.

  • Informed by research and designed by leading education scholars;
  • Online study via Zoom with independent, live and small-group activities from the comfort of home or school;
  • Supported by topical teaching ideas and resources mapped to the Australian Curriculum;
  • Aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Seminars explore emerging financial trends, such as:

  • Teenage tap n go
  • All fun and games? A focus on music, entertainment and gaming subscriptions
  • The real cost of buying now and paying later
  • Climate-conscious consumption: A focus on renewable energy
  • Climate-conscious consumption: A focus on new fashion trends

What teachers are saying:

  • “Carly and Jill have done the hard yards, and that what they’re doing is evidence based. They’ve reminded me that there are things that our students are interested in and doing that I don’t know about. It’s been a bit mind-blowing, really. They’ve come up with some really great ideas – things that I’ve never thought about before.” English and Humanities teacher 
  • “I’ve not seen anything like this offered before. So I was curious. I didn’t know what I didn’t know! This course has given me some of the financial vocabulary and some of the context that I’ve been missing. There are so many new products and services that are vital for students to understand now. Thanks for your engaging presentations and original ideas. I think this is an incredible initiative!” Commerce and Mathematics teacher 
  • “I absolutely loved this course! I really liked the idea of bringing humanities and maths together. Maybe we should be working together more?” Maths and Science teacher 

Delivered in Partnership with the Ecstra Foundation

Deakin University received funding from the Ecstra Foundation to deliver this program in 2021-22.



Dr Carly Sawatzki

Dr Carly Sawatzki


Dr Carly Sawatzki is a teacher educator and educational researcher in Deakin University’s School of Education. She has more than 15 years’ experience working with preservice and practising teachers in primary and secondary school settings. Carly’s research explores how young people become financially capable within families, communities, and schools and how best to support teacher professional learning in this area. She has rapidly gained national and international recognition for her research, which focuses on the design of financial tasks at the intersection of humanities and mathematics. Her work is distinctly “real world” and supportive of teachers, including those teaching out-of-field. Carly has published in prestigious international journals and led curriculum and research consultancies for Australian government agencies. She is regularly engaged by teacher associations and schools, being recognised as a dynamic, thought-provoking presenter who challenges thinking, promotes critical conversation and inspires innovation. Carly writes for The Conversation, EduResearch Matters, Teacher Magazine, EducationHQ and is regularly interviewed by ABC Radio.

Dr Jill Brown is a teacher educator and educational researcher in Deakin University’s School of Education. Jill has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, where she has focused on mathematics and mathematics education for pre-service and practising teachers (including out-of-field teachers) in early childhood, primary and secondary settings. Jill’s research in the field of mathematical modelling, the teaching and learning of functions, and the use of digital technologies by teachers and students is internationally recognised. She is an elected member on the International Executive of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications (ICTMA), a member of the expert panel for the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IMMC), and a member of the Australian IMMC advisory team and judging panel.

Dr Jill Brown

Dr Jill Brown

Lecturer and Course Director