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The value of oral history in family history: student perspectives

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-24, 21:43 authored by Linda HuntLinda Hunt
Oral History is a core unit in the University of Tasmania’s Diploma of Family History (DFH). First offered in 2016, more than 2000 people have enrolled in the unit, as part of their journey of sharing 14 family stories. Throughout the unit, students explore the role of oral history in documenting family history and learn practical skills, including how to interview, to transcribe, and to share oral histories in a written form. These are skills not familiar to many family history students, and as a result they approach the unit with trepidation. The presentation draws on the results of a survey which seeks to understand student perspectives on being taught oral history as part of their DFH. The survey also sheds light on the opportunities and challenges of studying oral history during the Covid-19 pandemic. The findings will contribute to better understanding of the role of oral history in family history teaching.


Publication title

Proceedings of the 2022 OHA Biennial Conference




1 piece- abstract


School of Creative Arts and Media


Oral History Australia, Inc

Place of publication

Tasmania, Australia

Event title

OHA Biennial Conference

Event Venue

Tramsheds Function Centre, Launceston

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  • Restricted

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