Notes from the Field


A blog focused on supporting student capacity and increasing completion and equity

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In the latest of CAP’s “Voices from the Field” blog, College of the Sequoias English professor Jamie Moore discusses how she uses oral history to transform the research assignments in her first-year composition classroom. A teacher in the statewide Puente program, Moore invited students to interview members of their communities about issues that matter to them, including questions of identity, health care access, and citizenship laws. The approach increased student engagement, enabled students to claim their own identities as academic researchers, and elevated the voices of their communities. And during the social isolation of the pandemic, the assignments created an avenue for “the research process to serve as a method of community care.”