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Funds of Identity: Connecting Meaningful Learning Experiences in and Out of School

Funds of Identity: Connecting Meaningful Learning Experiences in and Out of School

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Drawing on research conducted mostly in Catalonia (Spain), Mois s Esteban-Guitart outlines a distinct vision of education enhanced by students' identities, which leads to a discussion of the sociocultural factors that shape the processes of learning. He brings these ideas to life by examining traits of a mobile-centric society, the present-day ecology of learning, and his three metaphors of learning (connecting knowledge, connecting minds, and connecting communities). He then suggests a number of basic principles regarding learning for the twenty-first century based on prior literature in the learning sciences. He presents the terms 'funds of identity' and 'meaningful learning experiences', and reviews the funds of knowledge approach and the Vygotskian basis for understanding identity. In the second part of the book, he illustrates a number of strategies for detecting students' funds of identity and their meaningful learning experiences, and describes some practical experiences based on the theoretical framework he adopted.

Author: Moisès Esteban-Guitart
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 08/18/2016
Pages: 150
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.86lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781107147119

About the Author
Esteban-Guitart, Moisès: - Moisès Esteban-Guitart is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Girona. He is the editor of the journal Papeles de Trabajo sobre Cultura, Educación y Desarrollo Humano (Working Papers on Culture, Education and Human Development). His research activity spans the fields of cultural psychology and educational research, and he has published widely on issues of identity, cultural diversity, and education.

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