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1 - Funds of Knowledge in Higher Education

Sat, April 29, 10:35am to 12:05pm, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Floor: River Level, Room 6C

Session Type: Symposium

Abstract

This session utilizes the Funds of Knowledge (FofK) conceptual framework (Moll, Amanti, Neff, & González, 1992) to re-examine contexts and practices in higher education. Each of the papers in this session aims to: a) advance the success of underrepresented students across a variety of contexts in higher education; and b) challenge deficit approaches to studying the educational trajectories of underrepresented students, which predominantly place blame on students’ individual deficiencies to explain failure. In addition to extending the original FofK framework into the context of higher education by using it to study college transitions, persistence, resistance, aspiration, and pedagogy, this session also examines its relationship to other critical frameworks in education, including forms of capital, critical race theory, and critical pedagogy.

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