Episode 161: Funds of Knowledge and Bilingual Social Studies with Natalie Keefer

In episode 161, Dan and Michael chat with Natalie Keefer about her new article in Social Studies & the Young Learner titled, “Gathering Funds of Knowledge: An Elementary Social Studies Unit Plan for Bilingual Settings.”

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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Keefer, N., Lopez, J., Young, J., & Haj-Broussard, M. (2020). Gathering funds of knowledge: An elementary social studies unit plan for bilingual settings. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 33(2), 14-19.
  2. NCSS’s 10 Themes of Social Studies
  3. Tedick, D.J., & Lyster, R. (2020). Scaffolding language development in immersion and dual language classrooms. Routledge.
  4. González, N., Moll, L.C., & Amanti, C. (2005). Funds of knowledge: Theorizing practices in households, communities, and classrooms. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 
  5. Here’s a news story on Martha Samaniego Calderón and Dan Heiman’s picture book, Behind My Mask/Detrás de Mi Cubrebocas.        


Natalie Keefer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in anthropology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Keefer’s research interests include educational anthropology, social justice, analysis of discourse, social studies pedagogy in language immersion contexts, citizenship education, human rights education, and mindfulness in K-16 education. She has published on these topics in the Journal of Social Studies Education Research, Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Social Studies, Research Issues in Contemporary Education, and has published chapters in various edited books. Dr. Keefer is also co-editor of the book Critical Perspectives on Teaching in the Southern United States. 

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