Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Stanley Chu


The topic of this independent study is oral history and its interdisciplinary uses in a curriculum. The purpose of the paper is to discuss the various uses of this instructional plan as it explores the themes of diversity and cultural pluralism in the society of the United States of America. The first section of this study is a description of the Manhattan Country School (MCS) as the setting where this unit is currently being taught; and then it will address the developmental and curricular implications of the unit. The child development section will include positions on educational theory from theorists such as Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, Patricia Minuchin and David Elkind to justify the purpose and value of the study. The activity integrates the theories of these psychologists and requires students at nine and ten to use their social, emotional and cognitive domains to successfully fulfill the projects' guidelines. The process will involve six components that are listed for teachers to review in whole group sessions to insure that students understand the expectations of the activity. After the explanation of the methodology, examples of follow-up activities are discussed to connect the interdisciplinary uses of the oral history unit. The conclusion makes references to literature on oral histories that explain the benefits of such a unit to the school, local, and familial communities. The appendix will provide samples of articles, activity sheets used, and visual aids produced during the oral history project.


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