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'How our area used to be back then': an oral history project in an east London school

Michelle Johansen and Martin Spafford
Teaching History
No. 134, LOCAL VOICES (March 2009), pp. 37-46
Published by: Historical Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43260202
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

How can oral history enquiries engage students with the study of history and help them connect their learning about the past to their present lives? How can oral history engage and develop students' understanding of history as a process of knowledge construction? What scope does local historical study provide for collaborative work between school history departments, archivists, researchers and local communities? Why are local oral history enquiries particularly suited to our new curricular arrangements at Key Stage 3 and GCSE? Michelle Johansen and Martin Spafford reflect on these and related questions through the discussion of a remarkable oral history collaboration and provide focused guidance that will help history departments develop local oral history enquiries in future.

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