ERIC Number: ED200276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
The Community: Education on a Grassroots Level.
Brown, Carol Ann
The neighborhood oral history project described in this report was a course assignment in American History used at the Austin Campus of Houston Community College in an effort to make the study of history relevant to a non-traditional, predominantly Hispanic student body. The report first presents background information, describing the Hispanic community served by the college and noting the fact that few of its students had had positive educational experiences. After discussing the irrelevance of traditional history texts to the cultural identity of these students, the report describes the oral history assignment as an alternative means of instruction and details the assignment's requirements. Students were expected to perform initial research on a decade in the 20th century; develop and review a list of interview questions dealing with events in that decade; use these questions in an interview with a community resident; and complete a final paper evaluating the interview in terms of the reliability of the information obtained and the relation of the interviewee's experiences to the larger societal experience of the period. The report concludes with highlights from some of the interviews and a summary of students' responses to the assignment. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Educational Alternatives for a Changing Society (Miami, FL, January 20-28, 1981).