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Oral History and Education

Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices

  • Kristina R. Llewellyn
  • Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Kristina R. Llewellyn, Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
    Pages 1-14
  3. Conceptual and Theoretical Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Kristina R. Llewellyn, Sharon Anne Cook
      Pages 17-41
    3. Nicoletta Christodoulou
      Pages 43-63
    4. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, Bryan Smith
      Pages 65-86
    5. Heather E. McGregor, Catherine A. McGregor
      Pages 87-105
  4. Methodological and Pedagogical Dilemmas

  5. Programs and Practices

About this book


This book considers if and how oral history is ‘best practice’ for education. International scholars, practitioners, and teachers consider conceptual approaches, methodological limitations, and pedagogical possibilities of oral history education. These experts ask if and how oral history enables students to democratize history; provides students with a lens for understanding nation-states’ development; and supports historical thinking skills in the classrooms. This book provides the first comprehensive assessment of oral history education – inclusive of oral tradition, digital storytelling, family histories, and testimony – within the context of 21st century schooling. By addressing the significance of oral history for education, this book seeks to expand education’s capacity for teaching and learning about the past.


oral history higher education public education history education digital humanities

Editors and affiliations

  • Kristina R. Llewellyn
    • 1
  • Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

About the editors

Kristina R. Llewellyn is Associate Professor of Social Development Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Canada. She is the co-editor of The Canadian Oral History Reader (2015) and the author of Democracy’s Angels: The Work of Women Teachers (2012).

Nicholas Ng-A-Fook is a Professor of Curriculum Theory and the Director of the Teacher Education program at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the co-editor of Reconsidering Canadian Curriculum Studies. He is the founder of A Canadian Curriculum Theory Project.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Oral History and Education
  • Book Subtitle Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices
  • Editors Kristina R. Llewellyn
    Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-349-95018-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95706-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-95019-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 388
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Oral History
    History of Education
    Higher Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Llewellyn and Ng-A-Fook’s edited collection is an examination of the ways oral history education can serve a wider social purpose by which authority and knowledge can be shared through multiple participants. … consider the role of oral history as a vital research tool and source for scholars, teachers, and students alike.” (Funké Aladejebi, Historical Studies in Education, Vol. 31 (1), 2019)