The Importance Of Funds Of Knowledge

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Funds of Knowledge
The funds of knowledge I received from my family are my language, heritage, manners that makes up who I am today. Unlike the Mexican-American families Rios described my funds of knowledge I obtained from my family and friends did not pertain to working or holding an occupation. Funds of knowledge is thought to be useful in a non-dominant context, “…many Mexican households have accumulated a wide breadth of knowledge in areas such as mining and metallurgy, ranching, and transborder transactions related to their sector of the economy in their particular region of the country (Moll et al., 1992; Vélez- Ibañez, 1988). (Rios 165) Funds of knowledge refers to knowledge that comes from family or community and are not typically
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My school offered opportunities for the students to get ahead and build lasting connections with professionals. The classroom sizes were fairly small so teachers were able to memorize student’s names and familiarize themselves with each individual. Due to the equal resource disbursement I was able to thrive in my schooling environment. Building a robust relationship with my science teacher was able to earn me an internship with a dentist that was her friend and exhort me to mobilize upwards in society. From interning for the dentist it opened doors to more internships and opportunities that I was able to access and turn into social capital. Not only did I gain experience in the working field, I grew accustomed to interacting with professionals in society. In high school my AP Economics teacher also introduced me to a popular English teacher at my school who offered tips to write my college personal statement. Oseguera talks about social capital as being dynamic in this context, “These resources may be evident, such as financial support, school infrastructure, and technology, or less tangible, such as norms, encouragement, and information gained from relationships and social networks. Social capital is described as the less tangible resources gained through social relationships that positively influence educational outcomes (Coleman, 1988a).” (Oseguera 1137) My decision making in institutons was regarded as meritorious by my family and teachers. The encouragement I received was a form of social capital. From their motivation and faith in me I was able to have the confidence to make substantial strides in improving my socioeconomic

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