ERIC Number: ED312177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
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Oral History in Secondary Social Studies.
Oral history has not been widely used in required high school history courses. Time, money, transcribing interviews, lack of teaching manuals, and the difficulties in evaluating students were cited as problems associated with using oral history as an instructional tool. Yet oral history projects do not have to be major productions to be successful. Research indicates that oral history may result in greater cognitive gain than traditional methods of teaching. Students are motivated and gain confidence by working on oral history projects. Those previously not interested in history find the subject exciting and meaningful after participating in an oral history project. Using oral history not only includes minorities, but alleviates prejudice against them by exposing students to a greater number of positive minority role models. A 29-item annotated bibliography about oral history and its use in the classroom forms the core of the paper, which concludes with six recommendations concerning research and teacher training in the area of oral history as well as the use of that technique in the classroom. (JB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Ethnic Groups, Field Studies, High Schools, History Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Interviews, Learning Activities, Oral History, Required Courses, Secondary Education, Social History, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Note: Research Project, Indiana University, South Bend.