Countering and exceeding 'capital': A 'funds of knowledge' approach to re-imagining community

Zipin, Lew, Sellar, Sam and Hattam, Robert (2012) Countering and exceeding 'capital': A 'funds of knowledge' approach to re-imagining community. Discourse, 33 2: 179-192. doi:10.1080/01596306.2012.666074

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Author Zipin, Lew
Sellar, Sam
Hattam, Robert
Title Countering and exceeding 'capital': A 'funds of knowledge' approach to re-imagining community
Journal name Discourse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0159-6306
Publication date 2012-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01596306.2012.666074
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 192
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This article discusses how the ‘funds of knowledge’ approach (FoK) offers a socially just alternative to the logics of capital, by drawing on knowledge assets from students’ family and community lifeworlds to build engaging and rigorous learning, supporting school–community interactions that build capacities. We explain how we applied FoK in an action research project – Redesigning Pedagogies in the North (RPiN) – to design curriculum and pedagogy in schools of a high-poverty region. With reference to RPiN, we also observe how high-poverty regions, and their schools, appear to be undergoing complex unsettlements, as effects of globalisation, which raise problematic questions about who/what is ‘the local community’. We argue that this calls for new thinking, both sociological and ethical, which can refine the FoK approach to take fuller account of the diverse and complex spaces of social-historical life in new times. We conclude by considering a pedagogical approach through which learners in such regions can re-imagine hopeful forms of community.
Keyword Funds of knowledge
Liquid modernity
Re-imagining community
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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