Tying it All Together: Defining the Core Tenets of Funds of Knowledge

Delma Ramos, Judy Marquez Kiyama

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Drawing on a synthesis of foundational and extant Funds of Knowledge (fk) scholarship that traces the framework’s theoretical origins and development, this manuscript proposes a unified corpus of six core tenets for fk, as an extension to current theoretical understandings of the framework. These six core tenets are commonly cited individually within the fk research but not collectively considered, especially for their capacity to critically and conceptually shape research that engages the fk framework holistically and cohesively. To illustrate the proposed six core tenets of fk, authors present qualitative evidence from a transformative mixed methods study and an instrumental case study. Implications for designing a fk research agenda are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-449
Number of pages21
JournalEducational Studies - AESA
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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