Research Methods Test One

Our first test will cover the ethics, opportunities and responsibilities of doing Oral History.

In order to prepare for it, you should re-read our readings so far: Alessandro Portelli’s article on Oral History; the Oral History Best Practices article; the various consent forms, including our own; and the most recent article by Abrams.

All of these have been posted to LEA and remain accessible there. (You will not be tested on the readings from the textbook).

I expect you to be able to answer the following questions:

  • How does oral history differ from other types of history?
  • What are the advantages of doing oral history?
  • What extra responsibilities does the historian agree to when the undertake oral history projects?
  • Put otherwise: What ethical responsibilities does the oral historian have? (To the narrator? To the profession?)
  • What makes a strong oral history interview?
  • What rights does a narrator have?
  • What is informed consent?
  • What is intersubjectivity? (from Abrams’ perspective)




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