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Oral history and history education. Current status and new possibilities

Oral accounts have become increasingly popular in the heritage field and in popular culture. The relative lack of engagement with oral history in history education in the Netherlands is therefore surprising. Unlike in surrounding countries, as well as in the Anglo-Saxon world, hardly any attention is given to oral history in history teacher training curricula. Existing initiatives depend entirely on the efforts of individual teachers, and are often isolated from other interview projects, heritage institutions, and the school curriculum. A solid foundation and a sustainable structure are needed to strengthen and expand the important initiatives in the field of oral history in education. These issues are even more pressing against the background of the digital revolution and its effects on oral history. What opportunities are there for oral history in the classroom, and (how) can digitization strengthen the practice of oral history in teaching and research? The contributions in this section are based on focus group interviews with student history teachers, questionnaires among teachers and students, and/or literature study. They present multiple opportunities for implementing oral history in history education, as well as suggestions for further research.
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Keywords: digitization; history didactics; history education; oral history; video-interviews

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2018

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  • Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis (TvG) bestrijkt als enig Nederlandstalig historisch-wetenschappelijk tijdschrift de geschiedenis van alle tijden en van de hele wereld. TvG biedt auteurs uit de geschiedwetenschap en aanverwante disciplines een gereputeerd, Nederlandstalig podium voor kwalitatief hoogstaand en origineel onderzoek. Sinds zijn eerste verschijning in 1886 is Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis uitgegroeid tot een historisch tijdschrift dat wetenschappelijkheid op succesvolle wijze combineert met toegankelijkheid, dat inspeelt op actuele trends, dat respectvol omgaat met historiografische tradities, maar ook openstaat voor experiment en interdisciplinariteit. Het tijdschrift biedt een cruciale brugfunctie tussen enerzijds het internationale onderzoeksveld en anderzijds geschiedenisstudenten en -docenten, en een anderszins geïnteresseerd publiek.

    Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis (Journal of History) is the only Dutch scholarly history journal that covers history for all periods and worldwide. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis is a general historical journal, which means that it covers all historical disciplines and related disciplines. Since its founding in 1886 Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis has grown into a key journal that combines academic research on historical topics with accessibility to an audience within and outside academia.
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