Knowing Growing Showing

Knowing Showing Growing BannerKnowing Growing Showing is a financial literacy resource for teachers to support authentic and meaningful learning for Indigenous students.

What is Knowing Growing Showing?

Knowing Growing Showing supports teachers to engage students in consumer and financial literacy by connecting with and building upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and community values, histories, world views and lived experiences.

The resource is aligned to the Australian Curriculum, and provides a flexible approach to teaching and learning for teachers to meet students where they are in their learning as well as offering opportunities for extension.

The resource has been developed in three learning stages:

The CONCEPT diagram shows the concepts covered in the units in the Knowing Growing Showing stages.

Each learning stage includes guiding ideas that support each stage of learning in a way that is meaningful and empowering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and scene setting scenarios teachers can adapt to suit the learning needs of their students. Each unit provides focus questions for teachers to initiate conversations with students around key concepts about money and finances.

Knowing Growing Showing can be adapted for use with cultural groups other than Indigenous Australians.

Video: Introducing Knowing Growing Showing

Video about Knowing Growing Showing

Tony Dreise, Principal Research Fellow for Indigenous Education (ACER) introduces Knowing Growing Showing and explains the benefits of the resource. 


Knowing Growing Showing has been developed by ASIC in partnership with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Indigenous Education team. ASIC and ACER would like to thank the staff at The Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School (The Murri School), Brisbane; Salisbury State School, Brisbane; Marrara Christian College, Darwin; and key stakeholders including Education departments across the states and territories who provided expertise and advice that greatly contributed to the development of this resource.

The term 'Indigenous' respectfully refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learning stages

Knowing - What is money is an introductory learning stage where students engage with the basics of money and develop a foundational understanding of consumer and financial literacy.

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Growing - Money, you and community is an intermediate  stage, where students learn more about the different forms that money can take, develop an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as consumers and  develop skills in making smart choices with money.

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Showing - Money and enterprise is an intensive learning stage, where students engage in applied learning and demonstrate their financial literacy skills through projects, events, and understanding enterprise.

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Supporting research

There is a strong demand for resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum to support Indigenous learners and their teachers, particularly consumer and financial literacy education resources.

Knowing Growing Showing is a resource developed to meet that demand. To ensure the resource met the needs of Indigenous learners and their teachers, a detailed literature review was undertaken to identify best practice pedagogies and provide a strong evidence base for the development of the resource.

Three documents are provided for educators to gain further insight into the research supporting the development of Knowing Growing Showing. These documents are:

Professional development: Using Knowing Growing Showing

This Knowing Growing Showing resource is supported by a free online professional development course  which provides opportunities for participants to gain a deeper understanding of this resource.

The PD course is intended for teachers, pre-service teachers and other school staff of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, or those who wish to learn more about teaching and learning strategies for consumer and financial literacy education in an Indigenous context.

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Last updated: 03 Apr 2019