Step 5: follow-up

Discussion and other follow-up activities should help the children to:

• Recall and clarify what they have heard

• Relate the accounts given by the visitor to other pieces of evidence and knowledge about the period

• Identify locations mentioned in the interview, especially those in the locality

• Recognise instances of change and continuity

• Think about the feelings of the interviewee towards the events he/she described. Oral evidence, more than any other source, is subjective. Asking children to compare two oral accounts of the same subject might lead them to think about bias and the accuracy of oral evidence. Some writers argue that bias is much more readily recognised by children in the context of oral evidence than in any other way.

• Clarify and present their findings in a number of ways to others