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ERIC Number: EJ799944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0958-5176
Opportunities Missed and/or Thwarted? "Funds of Knowledge" Meet the English National Curriculum
Thomson, Pat; Hall, Christine
Curriculum Journal, v19 n2 p87-103 Jun 2008
North American curriculum theorists Gonzales and Moll and their colleagues have argued that working with children's "funds of knowledge" allows teachers to build on what children already know in order to meet the mandated outcomes. The approach also has the potential to change the knowledges that are valued and which advantage some children over others. In this article we examine three instances in which children's "funds of knowledge" leaked into English classrooms: these were not fully taken up. We suggest that these instances represent opportunities wasted, but that they offer some insight into the challenges of introducing a "funds of knowledge" approach into the English "curriculum space", as well as some of the possibilities. We suggest that while there are current initiatives which do work with children's peer and family knowledges, these are isolated and that coordinated debate is required about the potentials of such an approach in the English context. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)