Conducting Meaningful Interpretation: A Field Guide for Success

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A comprehensive handbook of communication techniques for natural resource program guides and interpreters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555915308
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/16/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 904,285
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan E. Wilkinson had a 25-year career with California State Parks as a field ranger, interpreter, supervisor, and regional specialist. He has taught at Humboldt State University and is the coauthor with Carolyn Widner Ward of the Basic Interpretation Learning System. Wilkinson currently lives in Humboldt county with his wife Barbara. Dr. Carolyn J. Widner Ward grew up exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She has taught at three universities in the U.S. and Canada and is currently a professor at Humboldt State University in northern California. She received her PhD from Virginia Tech and is editor of the Journal of Interpretation Research.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Interpretation from past to present 1
Ch. 2 Conducting meaningful interpretation 15
Ch. 3 The foundation of interpretation : communication 31
Ch. 4 Planning for success 51
Ch. 5 A basic structure : program 69
Ch. 6 The basic program : talk 85
Ch. 7 Taking the talk on the road : walk 113
Ch. 8 Working in the dark : campfires and more! 129
Ch. 9 For the young at heart : children's interpretation 149
Ch. 10 Taking the message to the visitor : roving interpretation 167
Ch. 11 Essentials for all programs : critical concerns 179
Ch. 12 Multisensory equipment : audiovisual 195
Ch. 13 Practicing defensible interpretation : evaluation 221
Ch. 14 Growing from a tradition : professionalism 241
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