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Bennett, C. (2020, February 12). Funds of knowledge as rich resources for ELL students. ThoughtCo; Dotdash Meredith. https://www.thoughtco.com/ell-students-funds-of-knowledge-4011987#:~:text=Tapping%20Into%20%22Funds%20of%20Knowledge%22&text=It%20can%20help%20students%20findMoll, L. (2023). Funds of knowledge video | ECLKC. In eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov. https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/video/funds-knowledge-videoThe funds of knowledge approach. (n.d.). Funds of Knowledge Alliance. Retrieved November 19, 2023, from https://fundsofknowledge.org/the-funds-of-knowledge-approach/#:~:text=314).%20However%2C%20the%20definition%20of%20FoK%20most%2Dwidely

"First-hand experiences with families allow students to demonstrate competence and knowledge that can be used in the classroom."

-Colette Bennett

Funds of Knowledge

References

Teachers can incorporate both students' and the broader community's funds of knowledge by:

  • inviting parents or community members to serve as subject matter experts during a lesson.
  • incorporating multicultutral instructional examples in class materials.
  • considering language and communication styles when communicating with students' families.

Funds of knowledge in the classroom

Resource Guide

Funds of knowledge describes the knowledge base generated by lived experience (Moll, 2023). A family's inner culture, work experience, and even daily routines all serve as filters through which an individual learner's perceptions are shaped.

  • A student from a ranching family may have extensive knowledge of caring for animals.
  • A parent who is (or was) an athlete may train their children to play sports.
  • A child whose family has a strong food culture may develop knowledge of cooking and food handling at an early age.

The Christian worldview is reflected in creating an open, welcoming space in which all students' cultures and backgrounds are acknowledged and respected. The core idea that all human beings have value serves as a foundation for seeking and incorporating connections between the classroom and the students' lived experiences.

Cultural values & community Background

The values and practices a culture deems important shape the knowledge that is instilled in its learners.

By developing relationships of mutual trust, teachers can link their curricula and educational practices to students' lifestyles (The Funds of Knowledge Approach, n.d.).

It is important for the educator to consider the student's background knowledge of concepts such as historical events, scientific processes, or mathematic fundamentals.

Cultural values and the Christian Worldview

Funds of Knowledge