ERIC Number: ED195485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Kaleidoscope 20: Oral History in the Classroom.
Meyer, Barbara, Ed.; And Others
This publication discusses oral history, its potential as a teaching tool, and its application in a variety of different classroom situations from the elementary through the post-secondary levels. The purpose is to show the great variety of uses and possibilities for using oral history in the classroom. There are six major sections. The articles in Section One, "Focus on Friends and Family," examine different ways of using oral history to learn more about family and friends. In one article a high school foreign language teacher describes a class project that her students were involved with entitled "Who are You? We are Reflections of Italo Americans." Excerpts from student interviews are included. Section Two "Focus on Aging" describes three oral history projects dealing with older adults, aging, and cultural perceptions of old age. In one project, eight elementary and middle school classroom teachers were paired with representatives of elderly care facilities within walking distance of their schools. In a series of seminars, this group learned about oral history techniques and then collaboratively planned the details of a variety of projects bringing young and old together. Section Three "Focus on a Community" describes three community projects. One contrasts the past and present of two communities, another offers oral history as a balance to the more usual history of the town's famous people, while the third often gives a local perspective on historical events in the larger world. The two projects described in Section Four "Focus on Ethnicity" used oral history to increase students' awareness of ethnicity--their own and others. Section Five, "Focus on a Time," describes oral history projects which investigated particular times in the past. The publication concludes with Section Six, "Resources," which cites human and print resources in oral history. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Annotated Bibliographies, Community Study, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies, Family Characteristics, Higher Education, Human Resources, Oral History, Postsecondary Education, Primary Sources, Program Descriptions, Teaching Methods
Massachusetts Department of Education, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, 31 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 ($1.15).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.