ERIC Number: ED438284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Perspectives on the Explorations of Deepening Understanding of Teaching through Oral History: A Returning Teacher's Perspective.
This paper describes how one teacher educator returned to the middle school classroom. In order to update her skills and knowledge, the author worked on a master's degree. One course that she took was in oral history interviewing. She had often used historical letters and journals with students to explore individual descriptions of history, but this class let her experience the process of oral history firsthand. She believed that using oral history interviews in teaching could create a strong sense of relevance in addition to emotional involvement. The graduate class framed interview questions and discussed the degree to which they should probe interviewees' personal lives and thoughts. The class decided that their goal was to elicit a clear understanding of the interviewee's conceptualization of good teaching. This meant framing questions that targeted the desired information. The paper describes how this teacher felt as she probed into her interviewee's life and feelings, noting questions and complications that she encountered. It presents the interviewee's oral history of teaching in the turbulent 1960s, describing her role as teacher, mentor, coach, and mediator. The paper concludes by discussing issues encountered when conducting oral history in the practice of teaching (focusing on the teacher-researcher's middle school classroom). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).