ERIC Number: ED162930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Collecting Information: Oral History as Social Education.
Allen, Rodney F.; Meyer, John R.
Oral history can contribute to social education in a number of ways. Traditionally, data collection has been considered as providing the most benefits to students of oral history. These benefits have derived from the facts that: (1) historical knowledge is immediate and tangible, (2) oral history stimulates students' interests, (3) students interact with diverse groups of people within the community, and (4) students improve their skills in planning and interpersonal communication. In this paper the authors emphasize that additional benefits result from the method and content of data collection. First, oral history promotes ego development in students by providing them with opportunities for social interaction. It also encourages development of empathy and moral sensitivity as students learn to appreciate other peoples' situations, lifestyles, and values. Finally, through sharing and involvement, oral history promotes a sense of community building. These experiences are especially beneficial for adolescents in terms of their social development. (AV)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Communication Skills, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Empathy, Individual Development, Individual Differences, Interpersonal Competence, Moral Development, Oral History, Skill Development, Social Development, Social Experience, Social Studies, Student Development, Student Motivation, Student Participation, Student Projects
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Houston, Texas, November 22-25, 1978)