Quick summary: Students are introduced to the OECD’s Better Life Index as an alternative measure of development and progress (besides GDP). Students are asked to analyse and reflect upon the information on the Better Life Index and to compare Australia to another countries and create an infographic to share this information. Finally students are asked to reflect on whether the Better Life Index is a more accurate measure of a country’s level of progress than GDP.
This lesson supports students to inquire into the big idea of ‘real wealth’. Students develop an understanding of shared values, and build their sustainable and ethical financial knowledge, equipping them with the skills to make sound financial decisions based on social, environmental and economical merit.
- Students are introduced to the OECD Better Life Index as an alternative to GDP as an indicator of a country’s progress.
- Students practice evaluating a process from a range of perspectives using De Bonos Thinking Hats.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5, OI.6, OI.8..
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 10 Economics and Business
- Indicators of economic performance and how Australia’s economy is performing (ACHEK050)
- The links between economic performance and living standards, the variations that exist within and between economies, and the possible causes (ACHEK051)
Syllabus Outcomes: C5.2, C5.3, C5.4.
Unit of lessons: Real Wealth Year 9 & 10
Time required: 2 x 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee activities and facilitate discussion.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet, internet access for students to access a range of websites, online infographic creating software and a video, headphones for each student if viewing video in class. Better Life Index, Real Wealth Cheat Sheet, Glossary Secondary.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.
Keywords: Better Life Index, work-life balance, GDP, OECD.
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