ERIC Number: ED370830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Prospects for Further Engagement: A Report of Results of the OAH Survey on International Resource Exchanges.
Organization of American Historians, Bloomington, IN.
This document reports survey results providing data and ideas for evaluating possible Organization of American Historians (OAH) international initiatives. The survey was constructed to address a wide range of issues and to solicit information on those resources that Americanists worldwide either wish to receive or have to offer. It sought information on existing structures for resource exchanges and on the roles that foreign governments and the U.S. government play in supporting Americanists' scholarship abroad. The survey was mailed to scholars, institutions, and OAH members worldwide whose work focused on U.S. history. The purpose of the survey was to determine the interest in and prospects for international exchanges of people, ideas, and materials. Americanists who responded to the survey almost uniformly expressed interest in one or more of the possible avenues of international exchange. Foreign respondents reported that they view exchanges primarily as an opportunity to obtain access to resources that could enhance their research, their teaching, and their institution's or program's curriculum. U.S. scholars want broader perspectives and fresh insights. Both foreign and domestic responses reflect a desire for access to outside perspectives, for experiences that can widen or reshape the framework of historical inquiry. The report is divided into four sections discussing: (1) the purpose and promise of international engagement; (2) scholar exchanges including travel abroad, receiving visitors from abroad, obstacles to exchange, and imagined alternatives; (3) exchanges of ideas through conferences and collaborative research; and (4) exchanges of materials, resources needed, models for exchanges, and resources offered. The survey itself is appended. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Organization of American Historians, Bloomington, IN.