Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies Department, English Literature Department

First Advisor

Elaine Allard

Second Advisor

Jill M. Gladstein


In considering research on funds-of-knowledge as a model of how the schooling environment can be culturally reflective, I conducted two home visits with the families of my students at an after-school tutoring program that seeks to provide literacy support through homework help to the Latinx population of a large city. The home visits and staff interviews illustrated examples of the community's practices and values. I highlight that the focus on homework completion reflects an important community desire but that drawing on students' funds-of-knowledge could create a contextualized curriculum that addresses another need: biliteracy development.