Financial Literacy for Children and Youth (© 2008)
Edited by
Thomas A. Lucey - click for bio
Kathleen S. Cooter - click for bio

This timely book demonstrates that financial literacy needs to become an important component of the K-12 curriculum in all U.S. schools. The authors unveil the ugly truth that our schools do too little to ensure that students leave school prepared to manage their financial lives.

“Thanks to these authors, this present state of affairs can change. As they illustrate in the chapters that follow, the very essence of US citizenship, of attaining and maintaining a quality life, and of escaping marginalization socially and economically, may lie in having the benefit of knowledge and experience with financial literacy.”  Beverly Cross, Foreword to Financial Literacy for Children and Youth

Special Features:
  • 27 Chapters, including 9 new chapters and 18 previously published, classic articles
  • Active links to key resources embedded in many chapters
  • Discussion questions and activity ideas for each chapter

About the Editors/Authors

Thomas A. Lucey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University ( His research includes financial education, teacher education, multicultural and social justice issues. He has presented papers and facilitated workshops on financial and economic education topics at international and national conferences, published in international and national academic journals, and authored or co-authored chapters for several edited texts and educational handbooks.

Kathleen S. Cooter is Professor of Early Childhood/Special Education at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY ( She is founding director of The Center for Economic Education at Bellarmine - a collaborative effort with the Kentucky Council on Economic Education. The Center gives teachers the resources to make every day money decisions relevant for a new generation. Before joining Bellarmine in 2008, she taught at the University of Memphis and Texas Christian University. She served as Outreach Coordinator for the New Teacher Center at Memphis and directed the teaching and research activities of both TCU's laboratory schools. Dr. Cooter has over twenty years experience as a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools.