THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (IUP)ORAL HISTORY PROJECT ON THE BICENTENNIAL OF INDIANA COUNTY PA Reflecting on the Past, Present, and Future SUMMER SESSION #1 2003
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
This IUP Oral History Field School will focus on the documentation of everyday life of local citizens in Indiana County Pennsylvania. It will feature one week of intensive classroom training and three weeks of supervised on-site field work.
FIELD SCHOOL STRUCTURE: Week One
The project will be based upon three modules: classroom training, fieldwork, and the processing of information. The one-week classroom compenent will emphasize five separate morning and afternoon sessions featuring: globalization, deindustrialization, Appalachian Studies, race, ethnicity, gender, oral history methodology, visual documentation, and archival research. Each faculty participant will present a 45 minute lecture on one of those topics, facilitiate a 30 minute question and answer period, and conduct a 60 minute follow up practicum that will feature a discussion of a major point or issue related to to their initial presentation.
CURRICULUM OUTCOMES: The Documentation Process
Students will learn how to collect ethnographic field notes, index audio and video tapes, compile black and white and color slide logs, gather biographical data, and administer release forms. Guidelines and procedures for expediting these processes will be included in a session on methodology. In correlation with each seminar, students will be given a list of required book chapters and journal articles to read.
While in the field, participants will conduct five audio or video recorded interviews, take two rolls of photographs, compile documentation materials, and assemble their data into a final report.
EVALUATION: A Final Report
Final reports will feature an integration of the reading materials, faculty presentations (that take place during week #1), supplemental data from the university archive, and secondary sources. The final grade will be based upon an evaluation of all materials including the field notes, documentation of collected materials, and the final report.
EXPECTED FIELD SCHOOL OUTCOMES:
80 interviews with associated field notes, indexed audio and video
tapes, photographic logs, biographical data of each informant, and
16 final reports from student participants. The reports will embody
various forms including but not limited to traditional term papers,
photo exhibits, video productions, poetry, fiction, and art.
A booklet of selected proceedings and reports will be compiled by
the project director.
Data will be processed into the IUP Archive on Industry and Society.
Those interested in Appalachian Studies, oral history, Pennsylvania history, interviewing techniques, ethnography, visual ethnography, qualitative methodology, folklore, folklife, ethnomusicology, rural sociology, labor and working class studies will find this course valuable. For more information contact:
James P. Dougherty, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
112-H McElhaney Hall
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705
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