Art of the Interview
Journal of Folklore and Education
About This Volume
Chief among the tools of folklorists and other ethnographers, interviewing allows us to glimpse the ways that others live, create, and believe. Careful, intentional listening rewards both the interviewer and the narrator. The connections forged, whether fleeting or long-lived, are unique to each interview. Artfulness weaves throughout the interview process, from questioning and following up to analyzing, editing, preserving, and re-presenting.
Folk arts interviews teach important details about cultural context, artistic expression as communication, and the ways stories can help us better understand our communities. The practice of interviewing integrates well with many K-16 curricular areas and education standards so that art and culture can be embedded in additional subject areas. This JFE special issue includes work that illustrates HOW to do an interview, WHY to use interviews as a part of one’s curriculum, and WHAT can be done with completed interviews.
With fond memories of Carol Spellman (1951-2017) and her love of the artful interview…
Teaching Young Students to Interview: When Family and Community Knowledge Informs Culturally Responsive Teaching
Supporting English Learners to Use Ethnography: The Stars Program at Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
Interview as Curriculum and Collaboration: Behind the Scenes of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Field School
A Note: Informed Consent, Release Forms, Thank-You Notes, and Other Tools of the Ethical, Artful Interview
Key Themes in This IssueNarrative, Place, Community, Nature and Environment, Foodways, Identity
The Journal of Folklore and Education (ISSN 2573-2072) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published annually by Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education. JFE publishes work that uses ethnographic approaches to tap the knowledge and life skills of students, their families, community members, and educators in K-12, college, museum, and community education.