Funds of knowledge

“The concept of funds of knowledge … is based on  a simple premise: People are competent, they have  knowledge, and their life experiences have given  them that knowledge (González et al., 2005b, pp. ix).” (26)

“González et al. define funds of knowledge as the bodies of knowledge, including information, skills and strategies, which underlie household functioning, development and wellbeing. These may include information, ways of thinking and learning, approaches to learning, and practical skills. Examples include shopping, meal preparation, socialising with wider family and community members, and participation in sports, music and art activities. Moll (2005) makes an important proviso relevant to this paper. He notes that the concept is dynamic, as it changes and evolves with new circumstances and cultures. Popular culture was justified as funds of knowledge in my study and re-thought as a site of curriculum co-construction.” (26)

Ref: Helen Hedges(2011) ‘Rethinking Sponge Bob and Ninja Turtles: Popular culture as funds of knowledge for curriculum  co-construction’ Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 36(1) March: 25-29

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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