FOR 255 : Resource Interpretation

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Resource Interpretation



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Introduces fundamental theories of interpretation and active and passive techniques of interpretation including: activities, presentations, signage, brochures and information kiosks. Course allows optional certification as an interpreter.

Learning outcomes

1. Explain a working definition of interpretation.
2. Discuss the history, principles, and philosophy of interpretation as it is practiced in natural resource settings (forests and parks), cultural settings (museums and historical sites), or a variety of other settings (e.g. grasslands, nature centers, zoos, arboretums, aquariums, classrooms, etc.).
3. Describe the basics of visitor evaluation.
4. Illustrate skills in interpretive research and oral presentation development.
5. Demonstrate ability to develop interpretive themes, goals, and objectives.
6. Demonstrate competency in delivering a thematic oral presentation.
7. Relate knowledgably the issues of, opportunities in, and challenges facing the interpretive profession.
8. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models, and solutions and generate further questions;
9. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
10. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Content outline

• Laying the Foundation for Interpretation
• Knowing Your Audience
• Addressing Your Audience
• The Practice of Thematic Interpretation
• Crafting Meaningful Themes
• Purposeful Interpretation
• Knowing Your Resource
• Making a Difference on Purpose
• Engaging Your Audience
• Sequential Theme Development
• The Art of Interpretation
• Interpretation by Design

Required materials

Requires textbook, see syllabus for details.

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