Economy as a Crucial Component of Elementary Education Curriculum

  • Ewa Jagiełło University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce
  • Mária Vargová Catholic University in Ružomberok
Keywords: economic, education, child, consumer, finance, money


Business, economy and finance are very popular subject-matters in the contemporary world. This is why it is important to introduce them, step by step, from an early age. “Pocket money”, as well as allowing a child to be involved in the family’s financial affairs, seems to be necessary for preparing children to develop their management skills which will be useful in their future, adult life. A child ought to know the value of money and possess some ability to apply it. Children gain such rudimentary knowledge on the basis of interaction with the social environment and everyday experience, through participating in economic exchange purchase-sale, witnessing the withdrawal of money from a cash machine by relatives, using the post office, etc. However, it is a teacher’s duty to help children increase and systematize this knowledge in a process of early childhood education. The skills gained by children during the schooling will help them in the future. They will become responsible participants in economic life, making both rational choices and decisions which will affect positively their chance to gain success in personal and professional life.

Author Biographies

Ewa Jagiełło, University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce

Ewa Jagiello is a graduate of Chemistry-Mathematics of The Higher School of Agriculture and Pedagogy in Siedlce (graduated in 1995). In 2007 she achieved a PhD in Humanities in the field of pedagogy from the Educational Research Institute in Warsaw. Since 2008 she has been an employee of the Institute of Education at the Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities. From 2010, a Board Member of the Society for Development of Educational Initiatives and a member of the Polish Committee of World Organisation for early childhood education, OMEP Baltic & Black Sea Circle Consortium, Association of Theory and Education at KNP PAN, Central European Exchange Program for University Studies – student and teacher exchange programme including Central Europe Universities. Her research interests relate to mathematical and economic education for small children. She is the author of over 90 articles in journals and collective works, at the national and international levels. She is the author of an academic textbook entitled “Cooperation of Preschool with Family and Environment” (2013). She has organized five national scientific conferences entitled: “Innovation in Elementary Education” (April 2010), “Education Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (November 2010, 2011, 2012), “Child in the culture of modern world” (2011). She has organized four international conferences: “Vedecká s účasťou vzdelávaniu matematickému venovaná medzinárodnou konferencia v škole primárnej”, “Matematika v škole primárnej-rôzne end, rovnaké body”, 24–26 April 2013, Prešov, Slovak Republic; I International Conference on “Elementary Education – Examples in practice”, Chełm, 28–29 April 2013; (XI) International Scientific Conference in “Education in Creating Modern Fact-capabilities and Limitations", 3–5 June 2013, Chlewiska; XII International Scientific Conference in “Education Towards the Future – Challenges and Abandonment”, 3–5 June 2013 Chlewiska.

University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce

Institute of Pedagogy

ul. Popiełuszki 9 08–110 Siedlce

Mária Vargová, Catholic University in Ružomberok

Mária Vargová works as a lecturer at the Department of Pre-school and Elementary education at the Faculty of Education of Catholic University in Ružomberok. She deals with the issues from the area of multicultural education and the theory and practice in pre-primary and primary education.

Catholic University in Ružomberok,

Faculty of Education

Department of Pre-school and Elementary Education

Hrabovská cesta 1 034 01 Ružomberok

Slovak Republic


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How to Cite
Jagiełło, E., & Vargová, M. (2019). Economy as a Crucial Component of Elementary Education Curriculum. Multidisciplinary Journal of School Education, 5(1). Retrieved from
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