Roots With Wings Project

In the ongoing collaboration known as the Place-Based Education Oral History Project, Sociology majors teach and mentor students at Floyd County High School.  The students take SOCY 493 Practicum in Sociology, which counts for their internship/experience major requirement.  The Sociology majors teach workshops in qualitative research methods and mentor the high school students who do oral history interviews with Floyd County elders.  And make movies!

Recent majors participating include Mary Dickerson, Amy DuPont, Shylah Jones, Joshua Judd, Stephen Lesiv, Claire Paulette, Matt Propst, and Josh Shultz.  The project recently received praise from New York-based Sound & Story.

See "Roots with Wings," a new 5-minute video on the Floyd Co. Oral History Program:
Radford to be one of 16 universities to participate in the 2013 Appalachian Teaching Project
See a summary of the Floyd Co. oral history project here:
Floyd County Place-based Education Oral History Project's 1-minute video on YouTube:
See Blue Ridge Country article on young people making a difference in Appalachia, featuring the Floyd
        County project:
    Hear Blue Ridge Country interview with RU student Victoria Curtis speaking about the Floyd Project:
See local newspaper article with photographs about the project:
        The Floyd Press, Mar. 29, 2012
See the Project's blog and more below:
        Floyd Story Center flyer
        Floyd Project Mission and Goals diagram
For more information:


Mary Dickerson plays the interviewee in a practice interview.


Claire Paulette (left) and Shylah Jones (right) role play with Dr. Melinda Wagner in the role of interviewee.


Josh Shultz leading a workshop on interview audio/video recording.


Left to right:  Josh Shultz leads a lecture with assistance from Matt Propst and Claire Paulette, who refers to the Project Manual.  The Project Manual (100+ pages) is a comprehensive guidebook on everything from research methods to equipment and was created by past mentors, including Ashley Herwald, Jeffrey Wood, Adam Richardson, Katie Boyd, Clarissa Clarke, and Anthony Molignoni.


Claire Paulette (left) and Shylah Jones (center) observe and critique the Floyd County High School interview team.


Matt Propst and Mary Dickerson (left, rear) offer advice to the audiographer, videographer, and director.

Mar 4, 2014
Dr. Melinda Wagner