Improving international students’ understanding of local culture and financial institutions: A service learning application

Bonnie Buchanan

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Abstract

Purpose
– The purpose of this paper is to provide a case study of a service learning project focusing on financial literacy. In response to the global financial crisis there has been increasing emphasis on improving financial literacy skills and education. In this paper, the author argues for service learning as a means of integrating the finance curricula with real-world applications.

Design/methodology/approach
– Initially, the author surveys the growing importance of a financial literacy education as well as integrating service learning with a business education. The author then describes the implementation of a service-learning program at a private university that provides financial literacy workshops to community partners.

Findings
– The paper concludes with a discussion of the effectiveness of the financial literacy workshops and reflections of the service-learning experience.

Research limitations/implications
– It is an opportunity for learning among culturally diverse groups and has also helped international students become more culturally involved on campus.

Practical implications
– The undergraduate service-learning program is placed in an intermediate finance class. It is also an opportunity for cultural and financial institutional learning among international students.

Social implications
– Given the diversity of community service partners in this project, the service-learning experience has become an opportunity to teach all students on international cultural differences and social justice themes.

Originality/value
– This is one of the few pedagogical examples in financial literacy with an international dimension.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of International Education in Business
Volume7
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)108-120
Number of pages13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Business education
  • International students
  • Service learning
  • Financial literacy

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