The Trefny Center is hosting a monthly journal club where we can discuss research related to teaching and learning and the implications for the classroom. Keep reading for more information about our April meeting! 

This month, Drs. Jessica Smith and Juan Lucena will be leading a discussion of their article “Recognizing the funds of knowledge of first-generation college students in engineering: An instrument development” (Verdín, Smith, & Lucena, 2021). Questions to consider as you read: 

  • How can instructors “[make] the funds of knowledge of first-generation college students visible and valued inside of university settings, and more importantly inside the curriculum” (p. 691)? 
  • How can we take the ideas and strategies identified in the article and implement them in a variety of classrooms and in a variety of disciplines?  

To access the article, go to: https://mines.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01COLSCHL_INST/fmq2oa/cdi_proquest_journals_2559399776. It will be most beneficial if you are able to read the article in advance.  But if you are not able to read the article beforehand, please still join the discussion if you are able!

We also recommend watching the video about funds of knowledge in engineering education available here or embedded below. This video provides several examples of how funds of knowledge can be utilized in engineering courses.

 Have you discovered or written an article related to teaching and learning that you would like to discuss with colleagues? Please fill out the Article Submission Form for an upcoming Journal Club. 

 References: 

Verdín, D., Smith, J. M., & Lucena, J. C. (2021). Recognizing the funds of knowledge of first‐generation college students in engineering: An instrument development. Journal of Engineering Education, 110(3), 671-699.