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Oral history--Study and teaching (Secondary);


The subject of this paper ls the development and design of a curriculum guide which facilitates teaching students how to complete an oral history of another person. The purpose of the research was to design an Oral History Unit for the Composition II course at Washington High School in Vinton, Iowa. Extensive research was done to determine that no curriculum guide existed which would meet the needs of the course and students.

Data were collected on a •typical• class at Washington High School. The school philosophy and objectives were studied, along with the course objectives. Based on research of the literature, and sane trial and error, unit objectives, activities and materials were developed. Evaluation tools were written to evaluate the effectiveness of the unit.

The unit was used during the fall of 1987 with the designated population. The researcher and another language arts instructor, along with the students, evaluated the Oral History Unit inmediately following its use. As a result of the evaluation, the researcher concluded that over 80% of the students had a positive attitude about their writing, and that over 80% felt that they had experienced growth in their writing. Around 60% of the students received a higher grade on the oral history writing than on the previous writing assignment. Both instructors rated the usability of the unit as good to excellent.

The paper clearly outlines the methodology which was used to fully develop a unit curriculum guide, and reviews current literature In the area of oral history as It relates to the educational setting.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Leah Hiland


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