Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(12), pp. 2780 - 2788
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.061212
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"Why Are We Here?": Teaching of Phenomenon of Migration with Oral History

Ilker Dere *
Department of Social Studies Education, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey


The aim of this study was to determine whether oral history is an effective method for teaching the phenomenon of migration. In this study, the action research was used to discuss the phenomenon of migration in detail and to solve the problems that may be encountered during the teaching process. Oral history interviews, self-evaluation forms, and unstructured questionnaires were used for data collection. The obtained data were evaluated and interpreted by using content analysis and descriptive analysis methods. The results of the study show that the students learned economic, sociological, cultural and personal dimensions of migration in detail. In addition, students found that migrations are more likely to be caused by economic conditions and that their families were satisfied with their new lives after migration. In addition, migration study has made important contributions to the students to learn their family's migration history, to compare the past and present economic conditions, get to know the family better and understand the phenomenon of migration correctly.

Oral History, Migration, Social Studies, Historical Thinking Skills

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Ilker Dere . ""Why Are We Here?": Teaching of Phenomenon of Migration with Oral History." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.12 (2018) 2780 - 2788. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.061212.