ERIC Number: EJ762514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Citizenship Education about War and Peace: A Study of the History of the Vietnam War through Oral History
Murray, Thomas E.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v32 n1 p113-117 Win 2004
In this article, the author discusses his "History of the Vietnam War" course, which takes oral history as the core of its curriculum. This oral history focuses on personal lives and stories that can bring history to life. The components of the course are as follows: (1) overview of the History of the Vietnam War; (2) email interviews; and (3) classroom guests, interviews, and welcome home party. Each student takes part in the following activities: (1) conducting an email interview; (2) writing a story based on a classroom guest; (3) participating in a one-on-one interview; (4) participating in perspective taking activities that include family, volunteers, Vietnamese and U.S. veterans; (5) researching and analyzing data discovered in oral history interviews; (6) producing articles and photos in order to publish a book; and (7) creating a veterans' "Welcome Home" celebration.
Descriptors: Courses, Citizenship Education, Veterans, Interviews, Oral History, History Instruction, War, Asian History, Perspective Taking, High Schools, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vietnam