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ERIC Number: EJ922171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Early Years Curriculum: Funds of Knowledge as a Conceptual Framework for Children's Interests
Hedges, Helen; Cullen, Joy; Jordan, Barbara
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v43 n2 p185-205 2011
Children's interests are frequently cited as a source of early-years curricula. Yet, research has rarely considered the nature of these interests beyond the play-based environment of early-childhood education. This paper reports findings from a qualitative, interpretivist study in two early childhood settings in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Using participant observation, interviews, and documentation, the study examined children's interests and teachers' engagement with these in curriculum interactions. Evidence suggested children's interests were stimulated by their "intent participation" in family and community experiences and encapsulated in the notion of "funds of knowledge." The concept of funds of knowledge provides a coherent analytic framework for teachers to recognize children's interests and extend teachers' curriculum planning focus beyond that of a child-centred play-based learning environment. (Contains 1 table and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand