Library Subscription: Guest
Begell Digital Portal Begell Digital Library eBooks Journals References & Proceedings Research Collections
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.504 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2016015512
pages 199-221

"HOW DO I SHOW THEM I'M MORE THAN A PERSON WHO CAN LIFT HEAVY THINGS?" THE FUNDS OF KNOWLEDGE OF LOW INCOME, FIRST GENERATION ENGINEERING STUDENTS

Jessica M. Smith
Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden CO, USA
Juan C. Lucena
Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden CO, USA

ABSTRACT

This article draws on ethnographic research with low income, first generation (LIFG) students at an engineering university and community college to explore the relevance of the students' funds of knowledge for engineering and strategies for converting those funds of knowledge into economic, cultural and social capital. Specifically, it finds that by virtue of their background experiences, LIFG students develop funds of knowledge in designing and solving problems in the midst of scarcity, empathizing, and recognizing the sociotechnical nature of engineering problem definition, solving and design. This paper argues that these funds of knowledge position them to excel in making the social justice dimensions of engineering visible, but that they must first be converted into different forms of capital with high exchange rates within engineering.


Articles with similar content:

"THE DOORS ARE OPEN" BUT THEY DON'T COME IN: CULTURAL CAPITAL AND THE PATHWAY TO ENGINEERING DEGREES FOR WOMEN
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Vol.18, 2012, issue 2
Rebekah S. Heppner, Susan Chanderbhan-Forde, Kathryn M. Borman
MENTORING WOMEN GRADUATE STUDENTS: EXPERIENCE OF THE COALITION OF WOMEN GRADUATE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, 1993-1995
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Vol.2, 1995, issue 3
Joy L. Frestedt
IMPROVING THE SCIENCE EDUCATION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: CAPITALIZING ON EDUCATIONAL REFORM
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Vol.4, 1998, issue 4
Cory A. Buxton
LIVING IN A LARGE FAMILY DOES SOMETHING FOR YOU: INFLUENCE OF FAMILY ON THE ACHIEVEMENT OF AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Vol.6, 2000, issue 3
Josephine A. Beoku-Betts
SURVIVAL IN A GENDERED DOMAIN: THE STRATEGIES OF WOMEN TECHNOLOGIST RETURNERS
Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Vol.3, 1997, issue 1&2
Ailsa Swarbrick