Full Length Research Paper
In our world where unlimited human needs are tried to be met with limited resources, the effort to use resources in the most effective way is the reason for the existence of economics. The aim of this research is to examine the awareness of the concepts and topics that are planned to be taught to the 4th grade students’ social studies curriculum and to make some suggestions. The study group of the research consists of 99 students studying in two primary schools in the Atakum district center of Samsun province in the 2020-2021 academic year. In the research, one of the purposeful sampling methods was used as a measurement tool. The data were analyzed by descriptive analysis. As a result of the research, it has been determined that the majority of the students have sufficient awareness of the concepts of need, benefit, goods, production, consumption, savings and waste, but their awareness of the concepts of budget, cost, economic activity, balancing the budget is not sufficient. It has been revealed that the students are aware of the production activities in their regions, but they are little aware of the production stages, the contribution of production to the economy, the growing conditions of the products and the difficulties in growing the products, and the income from the products. In addition, it was understood that the majority of the students had a good level of awareness about conscious consumer, thrift, expiry date, receipt and invoice, but low awareness of TSE, CE and ISO as well as what to do after shopping. On the other hand, it was determined that the majority of the students had a low level of awareness about the income-expenditure status of the family, but had a good level of awareness about the contribution to the family economy. In addition, the majority of the students stated that they contributed to the country's economy by not wasting and not acting extravagantly.
Key words: Awareness, family, family economy, country, student.
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