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Developing an Interpretive Program

GTM NERR Docent Series Module Two- Interpretation 1.0.1. Mini-Series
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GTM NERR Module Two
Docent Series Interpretation 1.0.1 Mini-Lesson

Developing an Interpretive Program
Identify Steps to Developing an Interpretive Program
Things you can touch, see, smell. Oftentimes, the resource.
Connecting Tangibles with Intangibles
Developing a Theme
Developing a theme is critical to helping the audience answer the "why should I care" question.
Conclusions and Next Steps
Course Objectives
Make connections between Tangibles and Intangibles
Determine the difference between a topic and a theme
Practice developing an Interpretive Program
Quick Review!
The goal of interpretation is to help
bridge the gap


and make connections between the resource and the universal concept.
Interpretation is "an educational activity which aims to reveal meaning and relationships through the use of original objects, by firsthand experience, and by illustrative media, rather than simply to communicate factual information" (Tilden, 1957, p. 8).
Tangible:
Abstract and include ideas, feelings, relationships, values and beliefs.
Intangible:
Universal Concept Exercise
Topic versus Theme Exercise
"The nature guide (interpreter) is at his best when he discusses facts so that they appeal to the imagination and to the reason, gives flesh and blood to cold hard facts, makes life stories of inanimate objects." ~Enos Mills, 1920
Next Steps: The Interpretive Equation and
Program Development Practice
NEXT!
Steps to Developing a Program
1. Tangible
2. Intangible
3. Universals
4. Audience
5. Theme
6. Techniques
7. Development
Select a tangible you want the audience to care about: Estuary
Identify intangible meanings: Childhood, Sanitation, Shelter, Storm Surge, Economy
Identify universal concepts: Security, Safety, Food, Shelter
Identify the audience: Adults and Adolescents, during kayak tour
Write a themed statement that includes a universal concept:
The estuary is like a salty city that never sleeps.
Use interpretive techniques to link tangibles to intangibles, providing audiences with opportunities to make personal connections to those meanings.
Use the theme statement to organize opportunities for connections and cohesively develop an idea or ideas.
These provide the maximum amount of relevance to the widest audience.
Extra Practice!
Tangible: Bear
Intangible: Power, Fear, Conservation
Universals: Power, Fear
Tangible: Forest
Intangible: Solitude, Refuge, Deforestation, Exploration
Universals: Solitude, Refuge, Exploration
Tangible: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Intangible: Peace, Courage, Civil Rights, Inequality
Universals: Peace, Courage
Tangible:
Intangible:
Universals:
You try!
Themes are the building blocks of interpretation.
Cohesively developing an idea relevant to visitors helps provide a focus for them to form meaningful connections.
The theme statement is the tool interpreters use to ensure that a product contains a fully developed idea.
Topic: Fire
Theme: Fire is a prescription for ecosystem health.
Tangible
Intangible
Universal
The parts of a theme
Facts are fun, but interpretation goes beyond education.
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