PITTSBURGH, PA – The Social Voice Project™ (TSVP) is an educational non-profit organization specializing in high-definition archival and creative audio recordings of people’s life stories. TSVP wants to reach out to local humanities and social science teachers to promote and celebrate the art and science of personal narratives and oral historiography.
Life stories are personal histories—unique accounts of lived experience. Educators across disciplines have long understood the pedagogical usefulness of first-person narratives and their instructional use has been effectively applied at all levels—from elementary to graduate school. Teachers often use such stories as starting points toward creating and understanding what is sometimes referred to as authentic texts. Such expressions can range from the typical “what I did on my summer vacation” writing assignment to a structured interview with a local WW II veteran.