Question and Answer, Self-Referencing Questions

Question and Answer, Self-Referencing Questions

Interpreter or audience-initiated questions are an opportunity to focus attention on something in the surroundings that relates to global warming, or to intellectually engage a visitor on the subject of ocean issues and climate change. An example might be: "What have you heard about changes in our oceans—like sea level rise?"

When talking to skeptical audiences, an interpreter can ask visitors to explain their point of view or personal experience to find common ground or further understand their perspective. For supportive audiences, you might ask what they are doing to help fight climate change, and what they might do to step up even more.

Asking children to think of ways to save energy at home encourages dialogue and relates the issue to their own lives. Referencing steps you are taking, such as driving a hybrid, or recycling or walking to work, can encourage conversations with audiences who are not aware of the topic.

Self-referencing is another technique for getting people in the audience to think about themselves and their own experiences as you give them new information. People relate more readily to other people—and to themselves—than abstract concepts. Telling about your own experiences helps them relate to that information personally, and perhaps even to their own lives.

Lesson Take Away: 

Questions and answers help spark conversations about pressing ocean challenges and personal solutions for a range of audiences.

Last Updated: September 30, 2014
The interpreter in this video frames the impact of warming seas on seabirds by using question and answer along with analogies for a skeptical audience who initiated the conversation with a question.

Interpretive Technique: Question & Answer with Doubter

The interpreter in this video frames the impact of warming seas on seabirds by using question and answer along with analogies for a skeptical audience who initiated the conversation with a question.

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In this video, the interpreter builds on the visitor’s positive emotions about coral reefs and uses an analogy of osteoporosis to explain the risk corals face as the ocean acidifies.

Interpretive Technique: Analogy - Coral & Osteoporosis

In this video, the interpreter builds on the visitor’s positive emotions about coral reefs and uses an analogy of osteoporosis to explain the risk corals face as the ocean acidifies.

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