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ERIC Number: EJ1062712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Leaning over the Fence: Heritage Fair Projects as "Funds of Knowledge"
Wiltse, Lynne
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v60 n2 p361-376 Sum 2014
This paper is a response to an article, "Creepy White Gaze: Rethinking the Diorama as a Pedagogical Activity" (Sterzuk & Mulholland, 2011), published in the "Alberta Journal of Educational Research," in which Sterzuk and Mulholland critiqued a heritage fair entry, "Great Plains Indians." I report on a school-university collaborative research project that examined the ways in which out-of-school practices and knowledges of Canadian Aboriginal students might provide these students with access to school literacy practices. Grounded in a "funds of knowledge" approach, this paper presents an alternative reading, explaining how students' linguistic and cultural resources from home and community networks were utilized to reshape school literacy practices through their involvement in a heritage fair program.
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada