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Using Familial Funds of Knowledge to Transition and Develop a Sense of Belonging: Reflections from First-Generation College Women of Color


Author(s): Vaccara, A., Marcotte, M. A., Swanson, H. J., & Newman, B. M.

Citation: Vaccara, A., Marcotte, M. A., Swanson, H. J., & Newman, B. M. (2019). Using Familial Funds of Knowledge to Transition and Develop a Sense of Belonging: Reflections from First-Generation College Women of Color. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 31(2), 29-44.

 

Abstract

Using findings from a grounded theory study, we document how first-generation college students who also identified as women of color used familial funds of knowledge to develop a sense of belonging as they transitioned into, and through, their first year of college. Specifically, they drew upon familial funds of knowledge regarding transitioning successfully into new environments and keeping a focus on academics. Implications for practice are included.

 

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