Consumer and financial literacy: Critical and Creative thinking

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The Critical and Creative Thinking capability is key to the development of consumer and financial literacy. Responding to the ever-changing consumer and financial landscape requires young people to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully. The Critical and Creative Thinking capability contributes to the development of the following dimensions of consumer and financial literacy.

Approximate proportion of the dimensions addressed by Creative and Critical Thinking

Through this capability, students develop the critical thinking skills of analysing, evaluating and synthesising information. They learn to discriminate between fact and opinion, question the reliability of evidence and draw reasoned conclusions. These are important skills for students when making sound consumer and financial decisions. Critical and Creative Thinking also equips young people to be innovative and manage opportunities at work, in the community and in their personal lives. Dispositions that enable students to effectively participate in the complex consumer and financial landscape, such as inquisitiveness, reasonableness, intellectual flexibility, open- and fair-mindedness, a readiness to try new ways of doing things and consider alternatives, and persistence are also enhanced by Critical and Creative Thinking.

Moneysmart for teachers and Tax, Super and You provide a number of interdisciplinary units and interactive activities that include aspects of the Critical and Creative Thinking capability.


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