Gifts of Interpretation is the third edition of previously titled Interpretation for the 21st Century. In this newest edition the authors focus on the fifteen guiding principles of earlier versions of the book with a focus on how each of the principles is a gift, for example, of story, revelation, provocation, beauty, passion. This book has served as a university text and is used by the interpretive profession in many federal agencies (National Park Service), state agencies, regional and local interpretive centers, zoos, aquaria, museums, and other interpretive sites.
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Larry Beck is a professor of recreation and tourism management at San Diego State University. He has a B.S. in natural resource planning and interpretation from Humboldt State University, an M.A. in Education from Azusa Pacific University, and Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Beck is the author/coauthor of four books and more than 100 articles on natural resource management, cultural and environmental interpretation, and higher education. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, including the Meritorious Service Award from the National Association for Interpretation. He is a faculty fellow of People, Information, and Communication Technologies and a University Scholar of Universal Design for Learning.
Dr. Ted T. Cable is an award-winning professor and assistant department head of Park Management and conservation at Kansas State University. He has authored 11 books, several book chapters and scenic byway video scripts, and more than 200 articles, reports, and presentations dealing with heritage interpretation, human - nature interactions, avian ecology, and ecotourism. Dr. Cable has worked extensively in West Africa, Europe and Latin America. He has received teaching awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Kansas Wildlife Federation as well as several teaching, student advising, and faculty mentoring awards from Kansas State University. In 2005, he received the William C. Everhart Award as part of Clemson University’s George B. Hartzog Environmental Awards Program as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Missouri Interpreters. In 1996, he received the National Association for Interpretation’s Master of Interpretation award and in 2000 he was named a Fellow of the National Association for Interpretation.