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Teaching financial literacy through the use of market research and advertising instruction : A non traditional approach

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The purpose of this paper is to describe how librarians used elements of market research, advertising and media literacy in a personal finance class.


Librarians each semester guest lecture one session in a personal finance class “Foundations of Money Education.” Through this class, librarians present engaging material about market research and advertising in an effort to encourage students to think about how these external forces influence their spending behavior.


Students appreciate learning about advertising through the engaging use of commercials. While responses were mixed as to the applicability of the topic, the majority of students agreed that the topic was a worthwhile addition to the personal finance curriculum.


Topics such as budgets, savings, and mortgages are typically taught in personal finance classes. Teaching information about market research and advertising is a topic that is usually not covered in a personal finance class.
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Keywords: Academic libraries; Business libraries; College students; Financial education; Financial literacy; Media literacy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University Libraries, Texas A&M University College Station, College Station, Texas, USA

Publication date: June 8, 2020

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