Funds of Knowledge

Funds of Knowledge is a term coined by Luis Moll describing the prior knowledge students bring into the classroom because of their unique familial, cultural and experiential backgrounds. This means that, from a cognitive viewpoint, funds of knowledge are an extremely useful classroom tool because they base new learning on prior knowledge, building deep understanding of "big ideas" within the various disciplines. Teachers should work as a bridge between the students' home world and the classroom by providing lessons and classroom experiences that are culturally relevant to the student. Using Funds of Knowledge also has the potential to make students more confident about their ability to teach and learn within the classroom by demonstrating that their unique skills are a classroom asset, not a deficit.

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Moll, L. (1998). Proceedings from twenty-first annual statewide conference for teachers of linguistically and culturally diverse students:
Funds of knowledge: A new approach to culture in education. Illinois State Board of Education.

Moll, L. & González, N. (1997). Beginning where the children are. In O. Santa Ana (Ed.), Tongue-Tied: The lives of multilingual children in
public education (152-156). Lanham,MD: Rowman & Littlefield.