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ERIC Number: EJ857638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
The Intersection of Oral History and the Role of White Researchers in Cross-Cultural Contexts
Petersen, Jan L.
Educational Foundations, v22 n3-4 p33-52 Sum-Fall 2008
In the fall of 2005 and as a second year doctoral student in an educational leadership program, the author was given the opportunity to participate in oral history research with three other White women, including one professor and two doctoral students. The oral history involved interviewing approximately twenty prior students of Frederick Douglass School in Parsons, Kansas. Douglass School was built in 1908 for the purpose of educating Black students in Parsons. This article considers the intersection of the oral history of Douglass School and White researchers investigating the experiences of people of color. In the process of writing about this intersection, the author chose to divide this article into five sections. First, she includes her reflections on her background and influences on her White identity. Second, she shares her initial reactions and approach to the oral history. Third, she discusses a synopsis of the themes that emerged from stories the Douglass alumni selected to share with the research team, resulting in greater awareness of her White privilege. Fourth, she discusses a brief overview of the literature on White racial identity, including sections on Helm's model of White racial identity development and her growth in owning a positive White identity. Finally, she shares implications and considerations for oral history research and White researchers researching across differences. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas