ERIC Number: ED367146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Funds of Knowledge: Learning from Language Minority Households. ERIC Digest.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
This digest describes a research model that has shown how classroom practice can be developed, transformed, and enriched by drawing on existing "funds of knowledge" in minority students households. Funds of knowledge refers to those historically developed and accumulated strategies (e.g., skills, abilities, ideas, practices) or bodies of knowledge that are essential to a household's functioning and well being. Through participant-observer visits to minority student households, researchers and teachers became aware of these funds of knowledge. As a result of these research activities, teachers have come to view their students as competent participants in households rich in cognitive resources, and have consequently raised their expectations of students' abilities. Specific sections of the digest discuss the following: researching funds of knowledge, which describes a research project carried out in Tucson, Arizona; teachers as learners and reflexive practitioners, which discusses the difficulties involved in implementing this research model; and funds of knowledge as transformative principle, which highlights the underlying transformative potentials in viewing the households as repositories of funds of knowledge. (VWL)
Descriptors: Cultural Traits, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Ethnography, Family Environment, Minority Groups, Models, Research Projects
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: This digest is based on a report published by the National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning. "Teacher Research on Funds of Knowledge: Learning from Households," by Norma Gonzales, Luis C. Moll, Martha Floyd-Tenery, Anna Rivera, Patricia Rendon, Raquel Gonzales, and Cathy Amanti.