1st Edition

Oral History and Qualitative Methodologies Educational Research for Social Justice

Edited By Thalia M. Mulvihill, Raji Swaminathan Copyright 2022
    278 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Oral History and Qualitative Methodologies: Educational Research for Social Justice examines oral history methodological processes involved in the doing of oral history as well as the theoretical, historical, and knowledge implications of using oral history for social justice projects.

    Oral history in qualitative research is an umbrella term that integrates history, life history, and testimony accounts. Oral history draws from various social science disciplines, including educational studies, history, indigenous studies, sociology, anthropology, ethnic studies, women’s studies, and youth studies. The book argues for the further development of a pedagogical culture related to oral history for educational research as part of the effort to diversify the range of human experiences educators, community members, and policy makers incorporate into knowledge-making and knowledge-using processes.

    Early career researchers, novice researchers, as well as experienced researchers are invited to join social science educational researchers in developing their own oral history projects using all of the tools, dispositions, and epistemologies affiliated with qualitative inquiry.

    The book will be of use in courses on qualitative research methods, history, anthropology, women’s studies, and education disciplines as well as by community organizations who want to use oral history to preserve the history of communities and advance social justice projects.

    Section 1: Introduction to the Theories and Methods of Oral History for Qualitative Researchers

    1. Introduction to the Art and Science of Interdisciplinary Oral History

    Thalia M. Mulvihill and Raji Swaminathan

    2. Theoretical, Methodological, and Ethical Issues in Oral History Projects

    Raji Swaminathan and Thalia M. Mulvihill

    Section 2: Educational Biography and Life History

    3. Recording History as Lived and Experienced in the CSRA: Oral History, Methodological Considerations, and Educational Opportunities

    Nicoletta (Niki) Christodoulou, Darla Linville, and Molly Quinn

    4. "Bone by Bone": Re(collecting) Stories of Black Female Student Activists at Fayetteville State Using Oral History Interviews with a Life History Approach

    Francena F.L. Turner

    5. The Need for Action: Oral Histories of the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

    Rhonda Harlow and Lucy E. Bailey

    6. La Familia Ortiz: Parental Influence on the Pursuit of Higher Education

    Rosalinda Ortiz

    7. COVID-19 Oral Histories of Academic Leaders, Faculty, and Students in Higher Education

    Sunaina Asher

    Section 3: Archival and Secondary Data Analysis

    8. The Layers of Oral Histories at Memorial Museums: Chronicles About Who We Are and Who We Are Likely to Become

    Roy Tamashiro

    9. Irene Bishop Goggans: Community Historian of African American Life using Scrapbooks for Social Justice 

    Agnes Virginia Williams

    Section 4: Arts-Based Educational Research

    10. Teachers and North American Migrants’ Oral Histories Concerning the "School for All" Arts-based Project

    Sergio Madrid-Aranda

    11. Oral History of a Civil Rights Leader using Music and Dance

    Kendra Lowery, Sybil Jordan Hampton, Susan Koper, and Rebecca Lomax

    Section 5: Digital Storytelling, Podcasts, Vlogs, and Social Media

    12. My Story, My Voice: Student Podcasts Examining Oral Histories on Diversity in East Central Indiana

    Gabriel B. Tait and Rebecca A. Schriner

    13. Engaging Participatory Visual Methodologies in Oral History Research

    Robin Phelps-Ward

    Section 6: Concluding Chapter/Epilogue

    14. Methodological and Pedagogical Opportunities for Oral History

    Thalia M. Mulvihill and Raji Swaminathan


    Thalia M. Mulvihill, Ph.D., is Professor of Higher Education and Social Foundations, Ball State University, USA. Thalia is a historian and sociologist of higher education. She teaches qualitative research methods and higher education issues courses and has authored eight books and 85 refereed publications. She co-edits The Teacher Educator and is the recipient of numerous teaching, research, and mentoring awards.

    Raji Swaminathan, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Policy & Community Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. Raji’s research and teaching interests include qualitative research methods, urban education, and international alternative education. She has authored seven books and has been the recipient of several teaching and research awards. Raji conducts professional development for teachers in alternative schools internationally.