Jamie Moore, professor of English at CVHEC-member institution College of the Sequoias in Visalia and a teacher in the statewide Puente program, was featured by the California Acceleration Project in its “Voices from the Field” blog with her entry, “Transforming The Research Paper: Using Oral History To Center Students’ Voices And Communities.” She also is a doctoral student at CVHEC-member University of California, Merced studying pedagogy and faculty development. CVHEC proudly presents this as our “What the CV-hec Is Happening” guest blog feature this issue.
COS Puente prof featured in CAP Blog
for her oral history/research paper entry
Jamie Moore, professor of English at CVHEC-member institution College of the Sequoias in Visalia, was featured by the California Acceleration Project (CAP) in its “Notes from the Field” blog with her entry, “Transforming The Research Paper: Using Oral History To Center Students’ Voices And Communities.”
Prof. Moore, a teacher in the statewide Puente program, discusses how she uses oral history to transform the research assignments in her first-year composition classroom.
She 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.”
She said that, as an instructor for the Puente Project, celebrating her students’ voices, communities and cultures is a priority.
“I was burnt out on the traditional concept of the research paper and how we define ‘academic research’ for beginning comp students,” Moore wrote in her summary. “My students and I explored how we could expand our collective definition of academic writing and academic research to make space for our expression. Oral History was the KEY!”
Prof. Moore, who also is a doctoral student at University of California, Merced – also a CVHEC-member — studying pedagogy and faculty development, has presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the Strengthening Student Success Conference and the Puente Project statewide trainings.
The award-winning Puente Community College Program founded statewide in 1981 has been on the College of the Sequoias campus 25 years. COS is an Hispanic-Serving Institution based in Visalia with two other campuses also in Tulare County.
CAP, founded in 2010 by two community college teachers who wanted to do something about the poor outcomes of students placed into remediation, is a faculty-led professional development network that supports the state’s 114 community colleges to implement reforms that substantially increase student completion of transferable, college-level English and math requirements, a critical milestone on the path to degrees and transfer.