Enhancing Student Learning of Earth Science Concepts Through Funds of Knowledge

Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm SERC Building - Atrium | Poster #18
Poster Session Part of Monday Poster Session


Guang Zeng, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
Liang Zeng, The University of Texas Rio Grande valley
Previous research has established the pedagogical approach of funds of knowledge (FK) to be effective in engaging minority students in learning. However, there is a lack of studies connecting FK to the teaching of Earth science concepts (e.g., heat island effects, global warming) to introductory college physical science classes. By using examples from regional Mexican-American lived experiences at an Hispanic-serving institution located along the recently politicized U.S.-Mexico border, this paper provides evidence to show how physical science educators can use FK to engage students in learning introductory Earth science concepts.