2/16/2017: Component Skill Analysis

Our class this week focused on component skills. Component skills are the things you need to know how to do before you can learn something else. For instance, you can’t teach a student how to write a sonnet if that student does not know how to read. In this example, being able to read is a component skill of poetry writing. If you want to teach effectively, you need to understand the component skills of what you’re teaching. If your students don’t have those component skills, they won’t be able to learn.

In our class on Thursday, we applied component skills to our client project. This was an important exercise because, if we want to teach customers how to manage their finances, we need to consider the component skills that are required for managing finances.

My group focused on brainstorming around three questions:

  1. What do we want to teach customers?
  2. What component skills do customers need?
  3. How are we going to teach this?

As we worked through these questions, we referred back to our concept map from our earlier session. We found that some of the component skills of managing short term and long term finances are: financial literacy and basic math skills. We started to think about how we are going to teach these component skills to customers who lack them. For instance, how can we teach someone how to consolidate their accounts when they don’t have basic financial literacy? We discussed how bank staff might help customers with low ability, and how we might design a solution which provides similar support as a financial adviser.