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Interpretive Demonstration 220
Interpretive Writing 230
Curriculum-based Program 270
Planning Park Interpretation 310
Interpretive Media Development 311
Leaning Interpreters 330
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Additional Developmental Module

Module 201: Identifying and Removing Bias from Interpretive and Educational Programming

At a very young age we become aware that attributes such as color, language, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity are connected with privilege and power. We learn this by observing differences and similarities among people and by absorbing the spoken and unspoken messages about those differences. Both subtle and overt forms of prejudice and bias have a profound influence on our developing sense of self and others. Understanding that this bias exists and identifying and removing bias from NPS interpretive programs, educational programs and curricula increases the likelihood that youth and adults who visit our sites will have a positive interaction with the resource. This in turn allows greater access, both mentally and physically, to meanings and relevance of our park stories to all current and potential audiences.

The curriculum components outline the developmental learning elements. From these outlines, 1) employees and their supervisors can determine learning needs and strategies, 2) instructors can develop sessions and lesson plans. Each component also contains a list of useful references and developmental activities.

Training and Development Opportunities

Last module update: April 21, 2000
Editor: STMA Training Manager Interpretation

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