Wathiqat Wattan organized a training course entitled “Introduction to Scientific Research and Oral History”. This course lasted for a week with a duration of 3 to 5 hours per day.
On the first day of the training course, Dr. Mohammed Al-Tagous presented two lectures on scientific methodology and its stages, as well as a detailed explanation of the intellectual foundation of scientific research as a basis for any documentary work.
On the second day of the course, Mr. Mousa Al-Khoury presented two lectures: “General Introduction to Oral Documentation”, in which he highlighted the importance and stages of building historical knowledge in contemporary historical approach; and the second lecture was regarding the concepts of archiving, conservation and publishing stages.
On the third day, Dr. Mohammed Al-Tagous presented two lectures on the literature of oral history and its stages of development, especially as oral history has become a significant complementary part to written history; and the second lecture was concerned with the concept of oral history and its importance in the historical field.
On the fourth day of the course, Dr. Sami Moubayed presented a lecture entitled “Oral History and Communication Skills for the Elderly”, which explained the methods of recording and the basic principles of expression and communication when interviewing older people.
On the same day, Mr. Mousa Al-Khoury explained the details of the documentary material that the trainee should have when interviewing participants, which is useful for introducing the objectives of the organization and its course of work.
On the fifth day, Dr. Buthaina Shaaban, the chairperson of the board of trustees in Wathiqat Wattan, presented a lecture entitled “Pre-verbal Interviews: Preparation, Research and Interviews: Guiding Principles, Scenario and Leadership of the Interview.” She explained how to prepare for the interview, choose the sample, and deal with the participants.
In addition, Ms. Hassaneh Mardam Bey presented a lecture entitled “Work Ethics in Oral Documentation”.
On the sixth day, Dr. Buthaina Shaaban presented a lecture entitled “The Experience of Oral Documentation in the Book: Both Right and Left Handed “, where she talked about her experience in writing this book which lasted for four years. Dr. Bothaina also described her journey among different countries including Algeria, Lebanon and Syria to meet the women whose experiences were documented in the book.
Mr. Mousa Al-Khoury gave a lecture on “The Method of Building a Scenario.” He defined the main points in conducting a scientific research and the mechanism for building a scenario by using preliminary tables of references, witnesses and themes which can modified according to the research objectives.
On the seventh day, Professor Mousa Al-Khoury gave a lecture on the preparation of a “documentation plan” for a biography or a specific issue and the way to use data available prior to interviews.
Mr. Saher Al-Hashim presented a lecture entitled “Effective Communication and Dialogue Management”, where he identified the steps for effective communication and the seven skills needed to achieve that.
On the eighth and final day, Dr. Reem Al-Atrash gave a lecture entitled “The Experience of Documenting the Silk in Syria” which is the second example of a research based on interviews, similar to the one conducted by Dr. Buthaina Shaaban.