The work of all participants in KCAC--students, schoolteachers, and university scholars--follows several core principles drawn from American Studies and Literacy/Composition Studies.
- Writing is a crucial tool for creating communities.
- Collaboration is essential to keeping and creating community.
- Students of all ages and teachers in all disciplines can engage in active, community-based research in their classrooms.
- Authentic research is inquiry. Such research/inquiry could include analysis of:
- interviews and/or oral histories
- archival records
- site visits
- Local communities continually redefine themselves in relation to national and sometimes international communities.
- Many shared actions contribute to the formation of community cultures. These actions include:
- organizing social activities:
- holding festivals
- sharing stories
- reading and performing literary pieces
- developing public policy
- producing material culture
- designing buildings
- planning parks
- organizing public exhibits
- constructing neighborhoods
- creating print publications
- Proactive citizens recover, critique, and create community texts that reflect the dynamic values of local and larger communities.
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