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Oral History in Education

Teacher Resources
  • In 2013, OHA Education Committee members developed a document that outlines principles and best practices adapted for 4-12 classrooms based on the Oral History Association’s Principles and Best Practices and the American Folklife Center’s documentation and preservation guidelines and standards. It is organized by three main stages of an oral history project–pre-interview, interview, and post-interview. To read more, download a copy of Principles and Best Practices for Oral History Education.
  • The Oral History Association Educator’s Resource builds on the success of the classroom guide and provides practical information and links to resources for educators at all levels to utilize oral history with their students.  Organized by the OHA Education Committee, this resource project is meant to be a collaborative endeavor for educators and community oral historians to share and contribute to the resource collection.  As such, this resource project will perpetually build upon and make connections to the classroom guide.
  • If you are contemplating an oral history project for your students, OHA publishes Oral History Projects in Your Classroom, an 80-page pamphlet. This guide, written for classroom teachers, includes sample forms and handouts as well as numerous examples, curriculum suggestions, and discussion questions taken directly from real-life classroom oral history projects around the country. The pamphlet is available for purchase online at both the Amazon and Barnes and Noble website.
  • Recognize a teacher who has incorporated the practice of oral history in the classroom in an exemplary way.  OHA accepts nominations for OHA Teaching Awards each year in the spring.
Adult Education
  • There are many web guides that provide direction to those interested in learning about oral history.  View a listing of some of the most useful websites at Web Guides to Doing Oral History.
  • View a listing of upcoming workshops and conferences that cover a wide range of topics relating to oral history on the website Calendar.
  • Attend the OHA annual meeting held each fall.  The conference includes workshops on oral history topics, keynote speakers from the field, and more than 80 general sessions.
  • Learn about best practices by reviewing the Oral History Principles and Best Practices.



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