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ERIC Number: EJ1026825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1740-4630
Oral History in the Gender and Communication Course
Treinen, Kristen
Communication Teacher, v28 n1 p39-43 2014
The power of stories is well documented. Scott Russell Sanders (1997) maintained that stories have the power to build community and help us see the world through others' eyes. Furthermore, Sanders (1997) asserted that "stories teach us that every gesture, every act, every choice we make sends ripples of influence into the future" (p. 3). Because storytelling enables a rich understanding of our past and enables us to analyze the impact communicative patterns have on who we are today, the author created the Oral History project. The Oral History assignment is a semester-long project. Students conduct oral history interviews relating to gender and communication. After completing the in-depth interview and creating an edited version for public presentation, students gain the following: (1) Improved interviewing and listening (gained from conducting the interview itself); (2) Practice using audio and/or visual editing equipment such as Audacity and iMovie or similar applications (gained from preparing an edited public presentation of the interview); and (3) The ability to appreciate and articulate the value of personal stories in making sense of complex social topics such as gender (gained from both listening to a person's in-depth stories about gender and preparing a final edited version of the interview).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A