Listening like a historian? A framework of ‘oral historical thinking’ for engaging with audio-visual interview sources in secondary school education

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Over the last few decades, the major thrust in historical education research and practice has focused not on the passive development of 'factual' knowledge but on fostering amongst students the habits of mind employed by expert historians. Many frameworks and models such as 'historical reasoning skills' have been proposed, particularly across Europe, North America, and Canada, in an effort to capture and communicate the expert ways of thinking we should teach school students. Oral historians, however, often emphasize the particular nature of their work and the fact that their sources cannot be treated in the same way as any other historical document. Based on this premise, the present research proposes a framework of 'oral historical thinking' to better equip teachers and students to deeply engage with audio-visual interview sources by grappling with the same issues and problems as experts in the field.
Event titleEuropean Social Science History Conference 2021
Event typeConference
LocationLeiden, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational