The Interpreters Training Manual for Museums

The Interpreters Training Manual for Museums

by Mary Kay Cunningham

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Designed to make the training process easier and more effective, The Interpreters Training Manual for Museums helps institutions develop a customized training program for their interpreters—docents, volunteers, lecturers, educators, curators, and other staff who engage visitors in a dialogue. The book's emphasis is on social interaction—a critical component of museum learning; engaging visitors in a dialogue encourages them to participate in their own learning and develop deep connections to the institution. The Interpreters Training Manual combines group exercises, written and oral activities, and interactive lectures to teach interpreters—the staff and volunteers who deal directly with the public—how to facilitate meaningful conversations with visitors. Suitable for all types of museums—botanical gardens, zoos, parks, and living history sites—the book is based on the author's extensive experience in creating interpreter-training programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780931201905
Publisher: American Alliance Of Museums
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 8.49(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Manual1
Preparing for the Training
Chapter 1Lay the Foundation: Establishing Your Interpretive Framework5
Chapter 2Take Inventory: Identifying Audience, Programs, and Content17
Chapter 3The Ultimate Interpreter: Creating Expectations and Standards29
Chapter 4Make a Plan: The Logistics of Success41
Module 1An Interpretive Overview
Module 1 Training Outline47
Four-hour training session48
Two-hour training session52
Chapter 5Introduction to Interpretive Training53
Chapter 6The Elements of Successful Interpretation: An Overview57
Chapter 7Making Connections: The Role of the Interpreter67
Chapter 8Introducing Trainees to the Audience75
Chapter 9Investigating the Museum: History, Stories, People81
Chapter 10Exploring Interpretive Techniques: Presentation and Intervention85
Module 2Applying interactive techniques to interactive opportunities
Module 2 Training Outline99
Chapter 11Casual Interpretation: Informal Conversations with Visitors103
Chapter 12Structured Interpretive Programs: Engaging Captive Audiences115
Chapter 13Adding Value: Applying Interpretive Techniques to Content Presentation123
Chapter 14The Power of Evaluation: Improving Our Interpretation127
Module 3Developing New Interpretive Programs
Module 3 Training Outline131
Chapter 15Avoiding Programming Pitfalls137
Chapter 16The Interpretive Program Worksheet145
Chapter 17Disseminating Program Information155
The Tools of Interpretation
Chapter 18Interpretation Training Resources159
Chapter 19Glossary167
Chapter 20Training Tools171
The Author175

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