ROBERT LESLIE FIELDING
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Funds of knowledge

Smartblog on education

https://smartblogs.com/education/2013/03/21/funds-of-knowledge/

FoKs - Vygotsky’s vision

http://www.joanwink.com/store/vision-of-vygotsky/vision-of-vygotsky-funds-of-knowledge/

What does the term “funds of knowledge” mean?

Funds of knowledge is defined by researchers Luis Moll, Cathy Amanti, Deborah Neff, and 

Norma Gonzalez (2001) “to refer to the historically accumulated and culturally developed 

bodies of knowledge and skills essential for household or individual functioning and well-being” (p. 133). 

When teachers shed their role of teacher and expert and, instead, take 

on a new role as learner, they can come to know their students and the families of 

their students in new and distinct ways. With this new knowledge, they can begin 

to see that the households of their students contain rich cultural and cognitive 

resources and that these resources can and should be used in their 

classroom in order to provide culturally responsive and meaningful lessons that tap students’ 

prior knowledge. Information that teachers learn about their students in this process is considered 

the student’s funds of knowledge.

“Funds of knowledge are constituted through events 

or activities. That is, funds of knowledge are not 

possessions or traits of people in the family but 

characteristics of people in an activity. Knowledge 

is therefore obtained by the children, not imposed 

by the adults… The notion of culture is a dynamic 

entity, not simply a collection of foods, clothes and 

holidays, but a way of using social, physical, spiritual 

and economic resources to make one’s way in the world” (Genzuk 2).

http://literacyinquiry.wikispaces.com/Funds+of+Knowledge

Reflecting on change

http://literacyinquiry.wikispaces.com/Reflecting+on+Change

Teacher Research on funds of Knowledge: Learning from households (pdf)

http://literacyinquiry.wikispaces.com/file/view/Teacher%20Research%20on%20Funds%20of%20Knowledge%20Learning%20from%20Households-%20Gonzalez.pdf/104499909/Teacher%20Research%20on%20Funds%20of%20Knowledge%20Learning%20from%20Households-%20Gonzalez.pdf

 Research shows that when teachers are engaged in the student’s interests, 

that student’s motivation, effort, memory, and attention are improved. (pdf)

http://leadershiplinc.illinoisstate.edu/play-based-learning/documents/EarlyYearsCurriculumSUMMARY.pdf

Computer related technology in education

http://pages.uoregon.edu/moursund/Books/GrantWriting/chapter_2.htm#Educational Change

Connecting to funds of knowledge through story 

http://createarizona.org/professional-resources/professional-presentations/fefffeffconnecting-to-funds-of-knowledge-through-story-family-story-backpacks

Robert L. Fielding