I am currently in Vancouver, BC, attending the 7th International Conference on Imagination and Education where I have been introduced to the work of Dr Kieran Egan and the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG).
” Imaginative Education is an approach to education that effectively engages students’ emotions, imaginations and intellects in learning.
The Imaginative Education Research Group has developed theories, principles and practices designed to explain, describe and implement this approach.
Imaginative Education offers a new understanding of how knowledge grows in the mind, and how our imaginations work and change during our lives. The IERG has developed innovative teaching methods based on these insights that offer new ways of planning and teaching….”
The 2 day, pre-conference workshop, showed alternative ways of thinking about education and the different kinds of understandings that come into play as children grow and develop and make sense of their world.
Examples of classroom applications demonstrated what the approach look liked in action, and planning frameworks were shared and explained.
We then spent some time trying out the approach by playing a number of thinking games/activities and beginning to plan lessons using the frameworks to encourage creative and imaginative ways to explore traditional topics and content.
There were lots of opportunities to share ideas and questions about IE and this was really important so that our early thoughts could be clarified as we contemplated incorporating this approach into our teaching toolkit.
Check out the IERG website for more info, research, examples, resources and lesson/unit ideas.