Monday, December 19, 2011

Using Oral History in Your Classroom

Reposted from the Oral History Association's Education Committee:

Throughout the world, educators and students from grade to graduate school are using oral history in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of reasons including:

(1) Making history come alive for students

(2) Providing students with authentic opportunities to be practicing historians

(3) Allowing students to contribute to the historical record through the creation and preservation of a primary source

(4) Giving back to the communities in which they live and study by preserving their history through service-learning projects or within Place-Based education programs

(5) Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of oral history as a historical methodology. Oral history is most often integrated into classrooms and programs through "ready-made" oral history sources, or through an oral history projects that can last from one-day or a whole school year.

For more information, including an extensive list of level-specific resources, visit the OHA education page.