Research and Publications

Our research interests involve adolescent girls’ and women’s financial literacy and capability, as well as ongoing review of the literature around effective methods of teaching financial understanding and entrepreneurial thinking. We believe that a foundation of research not only provides a framework for developing effective programs, but that ongoing observation, review, and analysis of our programs’ efficacy and levels of engagement provide a feedback loop for continual enrichment and enhancement, which is ¬†key to success in teaching and learning.

Ongoing Research

Our current research involves qualitative analysis in the area of teenage girls’ learning in finance and entrepreneurship. We provide pre- and post-assessments in our programming which we analyze to learn which subject areas are being taught effectively. In our programs, we also use self-reporting where we ask the students to evaluate elements of the programs from their own learning perspective, on a real-time basis. Our recent research indicates a high level of engagement in our programs, as well as proven knowledge acquisition in many areas of financial understanding.

Recent Publications

Financial Education, at Home and at School
by Melissa Donohue, Ed.D.

This article, which focuses on different approaches to financial education, is featured in the 2016 Parents League Review. Dr. Donohue details different methods that schools can use to fit financial education in the busy academic day, including incorporating financial learning into existing curricula. She also explains different ways families can work to incorporate financial learning into at-home time, for children of all ages.

Financial Literacy and Women: Overcoming the Barriers
by Melissa Donohue, Ed.D.

This research focused on women’s needs in the area of financial literacy. Women are facing increasing financial responsibility, while at the same time, the consumer financial world is evolving at an extraordinary pace. The results of the study indicate that the assumption can no longer be made that women simply need better financial knowledge in order to reach a certain level of financial behavior, without increased access to capital. This study shows that the re-examination of a key component of financial literacy is necessary: the idea that financial knowledge leads to responsible financial behavior, and that responsible financial behavior is a result of financial knowledge. This finding may indicate that women have different dispositions regarding how they use the financial resources, knowledge, and skills that they have acquired.

Presentations

Financial Literacy and Girls’ Empowerment
by Melissa Donohue, Ed.D.

This presentation will take place during the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools 2016 Global Forum on Girls’ Education, February 7-9, in New York City.

Money Learning Through The Years
by Melissa Donohue, Ed.D.

NYC Parents In Action, October 22, 2015

Raising Financially Savvy Kids
by Melissa Donohue, Ed.D.

The Parents League of New York, March 12, 2014

Financial Literacy and Women: Overcoming the Barriers
by Melissa Donohue, Ed.D.

Seventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, June 25-28, 2012