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What is Audience Centered Interpretation?

Audience Centered Interpretation is an ethic and practice. It is the belief that audiences’ perspectives and contributions add richness to the unfolding legacy and values of America. It is the practice of eliciting participation and contribution from an audience and community to build skills and mutual learning.

Audience-centered interpretation can infuse any and all park experiences by providing opportunities for audience members to contribute to the meaning-making process, engage with each other, and explore the current social context of national park resources. The interpreter, while still maintaining and sharing subject matter expertise, employs skills as a facilitator using dialogic questions and techniques.

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