ERIC Number: ED216967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Using Oral History in Educational Studies. Multicultural Research Guides Series, Number One.
Stone, Frank Andrews
This paper examines oral history as one of the main types of evidence available to people who are investigating educational concerns from an historical perspective. The first part of the paper describes existing oral history collections many of which deal with subjects related to education. For example, a history professor at Columbia University arranged for the first formal taped oral history interviews in 1948. His efforts brought into being the huge oral history collection housed in Butler Library at Columbia. Included in this special collection are tapes concerning the founding of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the first fifty-eight years of the Carnegie Corporation as a philanthropic organization, and China educational missionaries, 1900-1950. The second part of the paper provides and discusses various definitions of oral history and examines why people undertake oral histories. The final section of the paper examines the oral history process. It discusses the eight main steps involved in doing oral history: surveying and contacting, explaining, planning, preparing interview outlines, establishing rapport, taking notes, closing the interview, and following post-interview procedures. The appendices contain questions used by the staff of the "Peoples of Connecticut Project" in their interviews with persons of different ethnic origins and the permission form that interviewees were asked to sign. (RM)
Descriptors: Definitions, Educational History, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Interviews, Library Collections, Methods, Oral History
I.N. Thut World Education Center, Box U-32, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06268 ($1.50, plus $0.30 postage).
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Thut (I.N.) World Education Center.