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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.24 - Introducing Diverse Perspectives in Insurance Finance Education through Student-centered Learning Activities

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Even after the recent financial crisis, current insurance finance education follows a strictly neoclassical model. Moreover, based on results from a survey I conducted in a large-classroom entry-level course, students enrolled in these programs are self-selected to be driven predominantly by financial considerations when choosing the program. In order to introduce pluralistic perspectives in insurance finance education, as well as to motivate and engage students in active learning, I developed and implemented a series of pedagogical experiments incorporating financial ethics, moral reasoning, critical thinking and communication skills into the limited curriculum space educators are given. The experiments were conducted in a large-classroom second-year financial mathematics and a small fourth-year course. They were a juxtaposition of student-centered, individual and team-based activities. Course materials were drawn from various disciplines and strive to provide a holistic understanding of the industry and its socio-economic impact. Preliminary findings highlight the urgency and efficacy of introducing elements of humanity education and critical thinking into the pedagogy. The poster also highlights the importance of academic activism in external professional organizations that have major influence on universities’ curriculum setting and student evaluation. Poster viewers will be presented with a list of lessons learned from the pedagogical experiments. The lessons learned may be of interest to a wide audience, and in particular teaching faculties from finance and business ethics, economics, and political economy. Poster viewers are invited to share their experiences of introducing pluralistic perspectives in teaching in a discipline traditionally with a narrow focus, as well as to brainstorm other pedagogical approaches.


Vicki Jingjing Zhang

Vicki J. Zhang is an Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) of Actuarial Science at University of Toronto's Department of Statistical Science. She is the author of Uncalculated Risks: The transformation of insurance, the erosion of regulation, and the economic and social consequences (Canadian Scholar Press, 2014).

Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University

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