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Oral History: An educational research methodology that liberates the past to accentuate the present and anticipate the future

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Oral history gives the researcher access to politically and economically marginalized groups. It is a liberatory approach to educational research that raises consciousness and critical awareness in students and research participants. Data acquired through this methodology contributes to historical archives and the academic community, by invigorating educational research and confirming the connection between the public practice of history, the making of policy, globalization and the liberation of marginalized groups. This paper consists of four oral history projects that were initially designed in a graduate research seminar. The primary objective of this session is to show how oral history methodology is an innovative, transdisciplinary, cross-national research approach that engages graduate students in active cultural learning and participation.
The four projects in this session relate to the conference theme, “Education is that which liberates”, by reflecting cultural-specific knowledge, behaviors and skill. When placed in historical context, these stories empower ordinary people to realize that individuals are not just inheritors or the exploited in history, but the makers of history; and they have the power to construct their own autobiographies (Gutek, 2009). Presenters in this session will discuss the process of gathering the stories that give voice to those who are often silenced. These are the stories of African American activists, women religious, and cross-national women educators. As Thompson (1994) writes, oral history is a connecting value which moves in all sorts of different directions. It connects the old and the young, the academic world and the world outside, but more specifically, it allows us to make connections in the interpretation of history; for example, between different places, or different spheres, or different phases of life (p. 11).
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Allen-Brown, Vanessa., Alawadhi, Fawzeyah., Moncree-Moffett, Kareem., Brooks, Benjamin., Jorgenson, Simon., Kirkpatrick,, Stephanie. and McGinnis, Kimberly. "Oral History: An educational research methodology that liberates the past to accentuate the present and anticipate the future" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492541_index.html>

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Allen-Brown, V. , Alawadhi, F. , Moncree-Moffett, K. , Brooks, B. , Jorgenson, S. , Kirkpatrick,, S. and McGinnis, K. , 2011-05-01 "Oral History: An educational research methodology that liberates the past to accentuate the present and anticipate the future" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492541_index.html

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Abstract: Oral history gives the researcher access to politically and economically marginalized groups. It is a liberatory approach to educational research that raises consciousness and critical awareness in students and research participants. Data acquired through this methodology contributes to historical archives and the academic community, by invigorating educational research and confirming the connection between the public practice of history, the making of policy, globalization and the liberation of marginalized groups. This paper consists of four oral history projects that were initially designed in a graduate research seminar. The primary objective of this session is to show how oral history methodology is an innovative, transdisciplinary, cross-national research approach that engages graduate students in active cultural learning and participation.
The four projects in this session relate to the conference theme, “Education is that which liberates”, by reflecting cultural-specific knowledge, behaviors and skill. When placed in historical context, these stories empower ordinary people to realize that individuals are not just inheritors or the exploited in history, but the makers of history; and they have the power to construct their own autobiographies (Gutek, 2009). Presenters in this session will discuss the process of gathering the stories that give voice to those who are often silenced. These are the stories of African American activists, women religious, and cross-national women educators. As Thompson (1994) writes, oral history is a connecting value which moves in all sorts of different directions. It connects the old and the young, the academic world and the world outside, but more specifically, it allows us to make connections in the interpretation of history; for example, between different places, or different spheres, or different phases of life (p. 11).


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