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Oral History Toolkit for College Instructors: Assessment

This guide offers resources and ideas for instructors who want to use oral history projects with their students.

Assessing Student Interviewing Skills

Assessing Student Interviewing Skills

Student demonstrates adequate preparedness for the interview by doing the following: 
  • selecting narrators who are relevant to the topic
  • developing relevant interview questions which follow a chronological and thematic sequence
  • active listening and enabling the narrator to be the dominant voice
  • securing a controlled environment for the interview with little to no outside noises or disturbances and proper lighting;
  • practicing non-intrusive, neutral interview skills
  • ability to maintain composure and neutrality when a narrator reveals information at odds with preliminary research
  • developing new questions and pursuing a pertinent research theme in response to information disclosed during the interview
  • respecting requests by the narrator, such as declining to answer a question or elaborate on a response
  • conducting an interview at least a half hour in length.

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