Date: 07-Jul-2005 From: Elizabeth Gangeri <Elizabeth.Gangerierlbaum.com> Subject: Funds of Knowledge: Gonzalez et al
Title: Funds of Knowledge
Subtitle: Theorizing Practices in Households, Communities, and Classrooms
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Editor: Norma E. Gonzalez, University of Utah
Editor: Luis Moll, University of Arizona
Editor: Cathy Amanti, Tucson Unified School District
Hardback: ISBN: 0805849173 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 89.95
Paperback: ISBN: 0805849181 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 34.50
The concept of "funds of knowledge" is based on a simple premise: people are competent and have knowledge, and their life experiences have given them that knowledge. The claim in this book is that first-hand research experiences with families allow one to document this competence and knowledge, and that such engagement provides many possibilities for positive pedagogical actions.
Drawing from both Vygotskian and neo-sociocultural perspectives in designing a methodology that views the everyday practices of language and action as constructing knowledge, the funds of knowledge approach facilitates a systematic and powerful way to represent communities in terms of the resources they possess and how to harness them for classroom teaching.
This book accomplishes three objectives: It gives reader the basic methodology and techniques followed in the contributors' funds of knowledge research; it extends the boundaries of what these researchers have done; and it explores the applications to classroom practice that can result from teachers knowing the communities in which they work.