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ERIC Number: EJ791665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Integrating the Family and the Community into the History Classroom: An Oral History Project in Joliet, Illinois
Lyons, John F.
History Teacher, v40 n4 p481-491 Aug 2007
History instructors working in a community college face two major challenges. First, to make history interesting and relevant to the students, many of whom have to take history courses as a requirement. And second, to fulfill one of the missions of a community college which is to forge a connection between the school and the people in the local area. Since the spring of 2002, the author relates that he tried to accomplish these dual demands by assigning an oral history project in his United States History Since 1865 course, which he teaches at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. As part of the project, students conduct a tape recorded interview with their oldest living relative and with the information they obtain they write an essay that seeks to show how their family shaped, and was shaped by, United States history. The author then deposits the tapes in the Joliet Area History Museum archives where the tapes can be used by historians studying the local area. The project offers a wonderful window into the lives of the diverse group of people who live in the Joliet area. While conducting the interviews, students have shown a greater interest in United States history, and links have been forged between the college and the students' families, the local historical society, and historians in the community. (Contains 36 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois