Our Schools/Our Selves: Winter 2016

Oral History Education, Political Engagement, and Youth
February 3, 2016

The Winter 2016 issue of Our Schools/Our Selves offers a thoughtful and multifaceted collection on the subject of Oral History (the process of recording, preserving, and disseminating our understandings of the past through life narratives), education, political engagement, and youth.

Although this issue of OS/OS contains a special section on Oral History Education, the principles and practices of oral history resonate with topics discussed throughout its articles: alternative histories, perspectives, and teaching and learning styles; rethinking the (traditional) hierarchy between educator and student; accepting discomfort as a valuable learning experience for all classroom participants; the role of community and of family; and learning by doing.

Many thanks to the expertise of Kristina Llewellyn, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Development Studies at the University of Waterloo, for her assistance in assembling this issue.