The Role of Oral History in Acquiring Chronological Thinking Skills and Perception of Change and Continuity Skills via Van Weddings




chronology, chronological thinking, change and continuity, historical thinking skill, oral history


The aim of this research is to reveal the contributions of oral history practices about the wedding traditions in Van to enable students acquire skills in chronological thinking and perception of change and continuity. The research was conducted using a case study, which is one of the qualitative research methods, and convenience sampling was employed within the framework of purposeful sampling in the study. Students conducted interviews with 60 volunteer participants, who were family members aged 50 and above regarding Van wedding traditions. The students prepared a report based on the participant’s statements, and interviews were conducted with the participating students to monitor and assess the study. Data collection tools such as documents, semi-structured interview forms, and focus group interviews were utilized. In the study, the data obtained regarding students’ skills in perceiving change as well as continuity chronological thinking skills were evaluated using checklists developed by the researcher. Descriptive analysis was performed on the data. This research revealed that the students were able to evaluate history from a broad perspective both chronologically and culturally, according to the determined criteria and they were also able to comprehend the reasons behind the occurrence of events from the past to the present. Additionally, it was determined that students were able to identify what has changed and what has remained unchanged in terms of their skills in perceiving change and continuity.


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