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ERIC Number: ED491939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 508
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-7591-0852-8
Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education
Lanman, Barry A.; Wendlin, Laura M.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
"Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians" is a resource to educators seeking to bring history alive for students at all levels. The anthology opens with chapters on the fundamentals of oral history and its place in the classroom, but its heart lies in nearly two dozen insightful personal essays by educators who have successfully incorporated oral history into their own teaching. Filled with step by step descriptions and positive student feedback, these chapters offers practical suggestions on creating curricula, engaging students, gathering community support, and meeting educational standards. Lanman and Wendling open each chapter with thoughtful questions that guide readers, whether unfamiliar with oral history or seeking to refine their approach, in applying the examples to their own classrooms. The bibliography of further resources at the anthology's close provides interested educators with all the information necessary to transform their lessons and show their students' history's power as a living force within their own lives and communities. The book is divided into 5 parts. Following the Foreword (Alessandro Portelli) and Introduction (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling), Part I, Foundations of Oral History Education, begins with Introduction: Foundation of Oral History Education (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling) and presents the first 10 chapters. They are: (1) Foxfire and the Foxfire Approach: Excerpts from the Publications of the Foxfire Fund, Inc. (The Foxfire Fund, Inc.); (2) Stud's Place in Oral History Education (Alan H. Stein and Marie Scatena); (3) Voices of Experience: Oral History in the Classroom (Cliff Kuhn, Marjorie L. McLellan, Rich Nixon, Susan Moon, and Toby Daspit); (4) The Oral History Experience: A Model for the Use of Oral History in Education (Barry A. Lanman); (5) Remembering Virginia Sloan: Teacher-Student Collaborations in Oral History Projects (Charles Morrissey); (6) Oral History: From Sound to Print and Back Again (Donald A. Ritchie); (7) Meeting Standards (Glenn Whitman); (8) Fits and Starts: Oral History Education at the Idaho Oral History Center (Troy Reeves); (9) Public Oral History: Reflections on Educating Citizen-Historians (David King Dunaway); and (10) Excerpts from Oral History and the Law: Teaching Considerations and Institutional Review Boards & the Law (John A. Neuenschwander). Part II, Oral History in Elementary Schools (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling), continues with the next 7 chapters: (11) Oral History Projects in the Elementary Social Studies Classroom (Kathryn Walbert); (12) Creating Contexts for Studying History with Students Learning English (Irma M. Olmedo); (13) From the Ashes: Making Meaning, Meeting Standards (Fran Chadwick); (14) Family Stories and Memorabilia: Oral History Projects in Elementary Schools (M. Gail Hickey); (15) Connecting the Past to the Present for Students with Special Needs (Fran Chadwick); (16) The Young, the Old, and Something New: Sixth Graders Learn from Alzheimer Elderly (Laura M. Wendling); and (17) Oral History in Elementary Schools: Program and Project Vignettes (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling). Part III, Oral History in Secondary Schools, begins with Introduction: Oral History in Secondary Schools (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling), and continues with chapters: (18) Putting the Actors Back on Stage: Oral History in the Secondary School Classroom (Margaret Smith Crocco); (19) Teaching Students How to Be Historians: An Oral History Project for the Secondary Classroom (Glenn Whitman); (20) "Long, Long Ago": Recipe for a Middle School Oral History Program (Michael Brooks); (21) The Grade Eight Gifted and Talented Oral History Program: Baltimore County Public Schools (Joseph DeFilippo and Sandy Eades); (22) Turbulent Times: Grade Eleven Unit Overview (Baltimore County Public Schools); (23) The Family in the Fifties: Hope, Fear, and Rock 'n Roll (Linda P. Wood); and (24) Oral History in Secondary Schools: Program and Project Vignettes (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling). Part IV, Oral History in Colleges and Universities, begins with Introduction: Oral History in Colleges and Universities (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling), and presents chapters: (25) Oral History: Authentic Task Learning for the College Classroom (Kimberly K. Porter); (26) Oral History in the Undergraduate Classroom: Getting Students into History (Erin McCarthy); (27) Values and Methods in the Classroom Transformation of Oral History (Ronald J. Grele); (28) Bringing the Life Stories of Women into the Classroom through Oral Histories and Autobiographical Texts (Lisa Krissoff Boehm); (29) All the Worlds a Stage: Oral History Performance in the Classroom (David Sidwell); (30) Turning Tragedy into Theater: The September 11th Testimony Project (Amy S. Green); (31) Sierra College's "Standing Guard" Japanese American Internment Oral History Project: Oral History as an Engine to the Power of Education (Debra Sutphen); (32) Preparing the Next Generation of Educational Administrators: An Application of Philosophy, Theory, and Pedagogy in "Real-World" Settings (Patrick W. Carlton); (33) Destroyer Escorts of World War II--"The Little Warship that Could" (Susan Douglass); (34) Interviewing Radical Elders (Sandy Polishuk); (35) Learning Oral History: Reflections on a Graduate School Education (Jennifer Braithwait Darrow, Ronald Simon, and John D. Willard, V); and (36) Oral History in Colleges and Universities: Program and Project Vignettes (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling). Part V, Resources for the Oral History Educator, begins with Introduction: Resources for the Oral History Educator (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling) and then continues with chapters: (37) A Collection of Thought Questions: Compiled for the Articles Published in "Preparing the Next Generation of Oral Historians: An Anthology of Oral History Education" (Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling); (38) Sample Syllabus; (39) A Bibliography of Oral History Education (Kimberly K. Porter); and (39) Principles and Standards of the Oral History Association. (Individual chapters contain references.)
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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