ERIC Number: EJ912178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Using Oral History in the Elementary School Classroom
Jenks, Charles E.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v23 n1 p31-32 Sep-Oct 2010
All too often, students see history only as a product--a massive collection of unrelated names and events, dates and places. But if students are presented with history as a process, they can become aware of how the product (written history) is created. Oral history is an excellent means for students to gather information and produce historical records that are relevant to them. Students can then claim some ownership of the history. In this article, the author defines oral history and discusses how to use oral history in the elementary school classroom. While traditional historical instruction continues to suffer an apparent lack of relevance, the author stresses that using oral history offers teachers at all levels a process that will add depth and excitement to a unit of study. Teaching history to young learners as a process, not just a product, helps make it meaningful to young learners.
Descriptors: Oral History, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, History Instruction, Student Motivation, Relevance (Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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