Let me start with a short story from 2001 that appeared in Reader’s Digest. When Dale opens a can, she always turns it upside down to open it from the bottom. One day her young son asked her why. “I don’t really know,” she said. “My mom always did it that way.” She decided to call her mom and ask.
“When we brought the cans up from the cellar, the tops were always dusty,” her mother explained. “I couldn’t be bothered to clean them, so I turned them upside down and opened the bottom.”
Recently, I attended a meeting with fellow academics who teach and study interpretation. One item of discussion was how we could serve the interpretation community through research. Research can have the connotation of being stuffy and not relevant. I think it is very important to understand why we do what we do. The world is very dynamic and things change. We can’t always do things the way we have always done them. Research can help.
What questions do you have?