Understanding Our History: Local and Oral History in Social Studies Courses

Ütkür Güllühan N.

Turkish History Education Journal, vol.9, no.2, pp.532-548, 2020 (Other Refereed National Journals)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Title of Journal : Turkish History Education Journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.532-548


The main aim of this study was to elicit the views of prospective classroom teachers (PCT)

about their work on local history and oral history after the education given in the social studies

course and to determine the properties of their related work. The study group consisted of 63 PTCs

attending the third grade at the Department of Classroom Education of a public university in

Istanbul, Turkey. In this study, which has the characteristics of action research, document analysis

as a qualitative research patterns and an open-ended survey were used as data collection tools. In

the study, the PCTs received education on the use of local history and oral history in social studies

courses. Then, they were asked to present their work on local history and oral history in a classroom

setting. The results obtained show that the education they had been given was effective in the PCTs’

learning of how to use these methods in the social studies course. The PCTs successfully utilized local

history and oral history in the social studies course and were able to present their related work. In

addition, when the results related to the views of the PCTs were examined, it was determined that

they had positive thoughts and gains, which is consistent with the literature.